He may not be the second coming of Patrick Roy, but Karri Ramo was widely considered the top goaltender among this season’s free agent crop. He won’t be leaving Calgary, however, as the Flames have re-signed the netminder.
According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Ramo has signed a one-year, $3.8 million deal to stay in Calgary. The contract means Ramo, who suited up in 34 games for the Flames this past season and posted a record of 15-9-3, will be back to split time with Jonas Hiller in the Flames’ crease.
The biggest reason Calgary wanted to get Ramo back under contract was that during the post-season, he took the starting job from Hiller and ran with it, leading some to believe Ramo may be the 1A in the two goaltender system for the Flames this upcoming season.
What’s concerning for the Flames, though, is Ramo’s 5-on-5 save percentage during the 2014-15 season left something to be desired. With a .917 SP at 5-on-5, Ramo ranked 33rd out of 47 goaltenders who played at least 1,000 minutes this past season. The top tier goaltenders – players such as Carey Price, Pekka Rinne and Cory Schneider – all posted SPs at or near the .940 mark at 5-on-5.
Both of Calgary’s netminders, Hiller and Ramo, will be unrestricted free agents next season and be battling for new contracts.
Fortunately for the Flames, even with retaining Ramo, the club still has more than $11 million available to fill out their roster.