Flames’ Yonkman signs in Finnish League


Journeyman defenseman Nolan Yonkman is on his way to Finland.

Yonkman, who was in Flames training camp last year and spent the season with their AHL affiliate in Adirondack, has signed with SM-liiga team JYP, the club announced on Monday. Yonkman will head to Finland following a year in which he played 62 games for the Flames, scoring two goals and 12 points.

Picked 37th overall by Washington at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Yonkman has played for the Capitals, Coyotes, Panthers and, most recently Anaheim Ducks over a lengthy pro career. He’s primarily played in the American League — over 600 games to date — and this will mark the first time he’s played for a European outlet, having bounced around North America for the last 15 seasons.