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Ramo To Undergo Surgery This Week, Recovery Timeline 6-8 Months
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated cited Calgary general manager Brad Treliving in reporting on when the Flames can expect their goalie to return to the ice.
Ramo posted a 17-18-1 record during the 2015-16 campaign with a 2.63 GAA. Veteran Jonas Hiller will step into the starting role between the pipes.
Last Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks was when Ramo was initially injured in a collision with opposing forward Joonas Donskoi.
"Tough blow for Karri. He's been working so hard and bounced back from a tough start," said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley on Wednesday, per the club's official Twitter account.
The Flames have struggled defensively and haven't been proficient in either area of special teams. They entered Wednesday's action just 27th in power-play success rate and dead last in the league in penalty killing.
It's been an ongoing battle for ice time between Ramo and Hiller as well. After the latter helped Calgary to the postseason last year as the more frequent starter, Ramo played in seven games during the playoffs, the same amount as Hiller.
Despite being demoted to the American Hockey League this past October, he had still managed to wrest the job away from Hiller, who's posted a woeful 3.22 GAA in 19 appearances. Joni Ortio is also on the Flames roster now due to Ramo's injury.
Ramo is in the midst of playing on a one-year contract and turns 30 in July, so he may seek a fresh start elsewhere when he hits free agency in the offseason.
The 34-year-old Hiller is also set to hit the open market and hasn't impressed during his limited 2015-16 action. Calgary therefore has an extremely vital position to address and upgrade as it prepares for the future.