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Calgary Flames Place Karri Ramo On Waivers

Calgary Flames Place Karri Ramo On Waivers
Karri Ramo was injured Saturday, forcing the Flames to recall Brad Thiessen. (InGoal file photo by Clint Trahan)

Karri Ramo has endured a difficult start to the new season. (InGoal file photo by Clint Trahan)

The Calgary Flames have placed netminder Karri Ramo on waivers.

It has been a horrendous start to the new season, with their 1-5-0 record leaving the club anchored to the bottom of the Western Conference as both Ramo and Jonas Hiller have struggled to find their form.

An unrestricted free agent next summer, Ramo put in a series of strong performances for the Flames last season, as the club secured a playoff spot for the first time in six years, earning the Asikkala, Finland native a new 1-year, $3.8 million contract with the franchise this summer.

0-3-0 in his three starts so far this season, Ramo gave up four goals on 18 shots against Washington last night and is currently sitting at a disappointing 4.37 goals against average and .879 save percentage.

While Hiller has fared little better, the Flames controversial decision to run with three netminders has not helped to ease the situation, with promising 24-year old Joni Ortio yet to make an appearance this season as Bob Hartley’s team has been outscored 25-12 in their six games.

Rumours have begun to circulate that Calgary are now exploring trade options, with General Manager Brad Treliving reportedly willing to discuss a significant deal.

With such a dip in the quality of their play, neither Ramo nor Hiller hold much value at present, but demoting Ramo would increase the Flames available cap space (currently $1.7 million) should they wish to make a move whilst also opening the door for Ortio to take on a bigger role with the organization, as many believe he is ready to.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).