Ortio agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year deal with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey, Roger Millions of Sportsnet Calgary reports. Ortio made 22 appearances for the Flames last season but was not given a qualifying offer after spending a portion of the year with AHL Stockton. The goaltender was unimpressive in either league, as he went 7-9-5 in the majors and 9-9-0 in the minors. In both cases, the 25-year-old posted a GAA above 2.75, further decreasing his fantasy value. Even if he can manage a return to the NHL, and at this point that seems like a long shot, owners may want to wait to see some positive results before taking a flyer on Ortio.
Ortio will not be receiving a qualifying offer from the Flames, making him a free agent, James Mirtle of TSN reports. Ortio will officially become a free agent July 1. The 25-year-old made 22 appearances in net for the Flames this past season while managing a .902 save percentage with a 2.76 GAA.
Ortio saved 24 of 27 shots in Thursday's 7-3 victory over Vancouver. Ortio thought he had a game on his hands after the first period ended 2-2, but then Calgary's offense surprisingly exploded. With that type of production, the 24-year-old may have picked up a few more wins this year (he's at seven now) despite the .902 save percentage on the season. Disappointment and inconsistency haunts Ortio's campaign, although it's been a limited one.
Ortio will start in goal for the team's home finale Thursday against Vancouver, Roger Millions of Sportsnet Calgary reports. Thursday will mark Ortio's 22nd appearance of the 2015-16, something that the Flames likely didn't envision prior to the season. The team entered the season with three goalies on one-way deals, and only Karri Ramo had what could be recognized as a semblance of a successful season. When Ramo went down for the year with a knee injury, a bulk of the Flames' goaltending duties fell on Ortio, and he has largely disappointed. Ortio's overall inconsistency makes him a difficult play in any fantasy format.
Ortio allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. Ortio is now 0-3-0 against the Kings on the season, as he has just not been able to get over that Los Angeles hump. The loss now puts him at 2-3-0 in his last five starts. This game was just another poor showing in what has been a largely lackluster season for the 24-year-old.
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