CALGARY - It wonít be made official for another month, but goalie Karri Ramo will soon be under contract to the Calgary Flames.
TrueHockey.com is the latest to report what has been whispered for weeks, that the 26-year-old netminder has hammered out the framework of a deal with the Flames.
Because Ramo has been stopping pucks in the KHL for the past four seasons and is a restricted free agent in the NHL, he canít sign a deal until July 5. Donít be surprised if the paper-work is nearly finished, though.
TrueHockey.com reported Wednesday that Ramo will sign a multi-year pact with the Flames, who acquired his rights in January 2012. Ramo has 48 NHL appearances on his resume, including a 3.66 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in two-dozen dates for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008-09.
Ramo has been the starter for Avangard Omsk for the past four winters, posting a 2.01 GAA and .923 save percentage during his KHL stint.
If Miikka Kiprusoff elects to retire, Ramo will likely compete with Joey MacDonald and Reto Berra for the starting job at the Saddledome.