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Flames can remove 'vacancy' sign from goal crease

Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo's lightning relaxes deflect a shot by New York Rangers centre...

Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo's lightning relaxes deflect a shot by New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 28, 2014. (Brent Calver/Special to Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

With Miikka Kiprusoff trading in his goalstick for a fishing pole, the Calgary Flames were forced to hang a vacancy sign in their crease at the start of the season.

It took Karri Ramo a little while, but if his latest work is any indication, the Finnish ’tender may have found himself a permanent home.

Ramo has been nothing short of brilliant — especially at the Saddledome — since returning to the team late last month.

In four home starts, Ramo has gone 3-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. He’s been named the first star in the trio of wins and second star in the one loss — all against playoff teams.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley said Ramo’s play is one of many positive stories that have evolved during the rebuilding season.

“I love Karri,” Hartley said. “I sat with him (Thursday) morning.

“Let’s remember this guy had the big ankle surgery in the middle of the summer."


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