Ramo will head overseas to play with the Lahti Pelicans of the Finnish Liiga, Juha Hiitela of the Professional Hockey Writers Association reports. Ramo contract does have an NHL clause leading up to the trade deadline which would let him get out of the deal should an opening become available. Considering the netminder has failed to secure a job halfway through the season, it seems doubtful that anything would be forth coming, barring a significant injury.
Ramo was released from his professional tryout (PTO) by the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Tuesday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca reports. Ramo is trying to make his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will continue to rehab the injury in Finland. He might get another look from some organization in the future, but it's clear he isn't close to a return to NHL game action.
Ramo inked a professional tryout agreement with AHL Toronto on Tuesday, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Ramo has been linked with the Maple Leafs all season, including skating with them at practice while still a free agent. The netminder is expected to suit up for a few games in the minors, essentially to show the organization he is healthy, and appears on track to agree to a contract with the Leafs. This first step in this process came Monday when current backup Jhonas Enroth was placed on waivers. That being said, Ramo is free to sign with any team while on his PTO, so owners will want to monitor this situation closely until this deal is signed, sealed, and delivered.
While he remains unsigned, the Maple Leafs allowed Ramo to practice with the team last Friday, The Canadian Press reports. The former Flames netminder suffered a torn ACL and had meniscus damage after leaving a game against the Sharks upon colliding with forward Joonas Donskoi this past February, as part of the 2015-16 season. Ramo reportedly has ties with Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello, which explains how he made his way into a practice with the club. We're barely over a month into the season, and a few teams could use extra insurance between posts -- Arizona and Los Angeles come to mind -- making it disconcerting that Ramo hasn't found work. It remains to be seen if he will earn an extended look in Toronto.
Ramo (lower body) will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign due to a torn ACL and meniscus damage, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. The primary netminder for much of the season, Ramo finished the 2015-16 campaign on a sour note, leaving Feb. 11's game against the Sharks having allowed five goals on 34 shots. He compiled a 17-18-1 record to go along with a 2.63 GAA and .909 save percentage this season, in line with numbers from his past efforts. In his stead Jonas Hiller will likely be leaned on the rest of the way, while Joni Ortio should figure into the mix as well. The 29-year-old Ramo enters the offseason bound for free agency once again after inking just a one-year deal with the Flames last June, and he'll need to prove his health before teams take a look at the Finn. While his numbers aren't eye-popping, there's still a chance the Finn could end up in a starting role in 2016-17, but that should work itself out when Ramo signs the dotted line.
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