Karri Ramo demoted to AHL as Flames’ goaltending situation finally has clarity

Jared Clinton
Karri Ramo (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames goaltending situation finally has some clarity.

Netminder Karri Ramo has cleared waivers and was subsequently demoted to the AHL’s Stockton Heat Thursday. Ramo, 29, signed a one-year, $3.8-million deal with the Flames in the off-season and was supposed to challenge for the starting job in Calgary this season. Instead, he’s gotten off to a horrific start which led to the Flames placing the netminder on waivers Wednesday afternoon.

Flames coach Bob Hartley had publicly lamented the fact neither of his netminders, Ramo nor Jonas Hiller, was able to show they outright deserved the starting gig. Monday Hartley hit his most frustrated point, telling CalgaryFlames.com’s Aaron Vickers he wanted one of his two top goaltenders to step up. Read more

Curtis Glencross passes on opportunities overseas, retires at 32

Curtis Glencross. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Less than 10 months after the Washington Capitals acquired Curtis Glencross as one of their big trade deadline pieces, the veteran left winger has decided to call it a career.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday that Glencross, 32, has said he intends to retire and isn’t interested in pursuing any potential playing options overseas. Other veteran players have found ways to continue their careers in leagues like the SHL or KHL, but Glencross isn’t going to be going down that road.

“We have weighed our options and with the young family I’m enjoying a lot of firsts with them,” Glencross told Dreger.

Glencross’ decision comes as a surprise considering as recent as this past off-season he had latched on with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche on professional tryout contracts. Though he wasn’t able to find a fit with either organization, he would have certainly provided some offensive punch were either team willing to offer him a deal, but both organizations were looking to get younger, not add veterans. Read more

Flames coach Hartley is tired of ‘musical chairs’ in goal, wants Ramo or Hiller to step up

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Troy Brouwer scores on Jonas Hiller (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

One of the biggest questions for the Flames heading into 2015-16 was which goaltender would take the reins as the No. 1 netminder in Calgary. But after the preseason battle between Karri Ramo and Jonas Hiller yielded no winner, the Flames are still searching for a goaltender to call their everyday starter.

Five games into the new campaign, Calgary coach Bob Hartley seems to be fed up with the current state of the Flames netminders. He’s flipped back and forth between Hiller and Ramo with neither showing they can be the hot hand Calgary is searching for, and Hartley has seen just about enough.

“Right now, we’re looking for one of those two top guys to step up,” Hartley told CalgaryFlames.com’s Aaron Vickers. “I’m sick and tired of the musical chairs. One has to make a statement somewhere, plain and simple. You play okay as goalies … it’s not good enough. We’ve been singing the same tune for a short time now, but those guys were good for us last year. Being okay is just not good enough.” Read more

The top five plays from the first week of the NHL season

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The first week of the NHL campaign is nearly in the books, yet it feels like there’s already a full season’s worth of highlight-reel material that can’t even crack the top five plays that have been made this season.

A number of rookies scored their first NHL tallies, 3-on-3 overtime was an exciting change of pace from the shootout and a few teams tugged on the heartstrings to open the campaign. But the top five plays of the opening week range only feature one first-career goal, with two NHL veterans stealing the show.

Here are the top five plays from the first week of the season: Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Kieffer Bellows is living up to his last name

Kieffer Bellows (photo courtesy Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

Welcome back to the new iteration of The Hot List, now known as Prospect Need to Know. The NCAA season kicked off in earnest on the weekend and though I’d like a bit more of a sample size before handing out accolades, let it be known that Arizona prospect Maxim Letunov had a hat trick in his first game with UConn. And yes, Calgary Flames fans, Mark Jankowski is off to a hot start with Providence. There’s a lot of goodness to cover off this week, so let’s get right to it:

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Talented crop of rookies will make Calder chase tough for Eichel, McDavid

Nikolaj Ehlers (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

You’ll have to forgive some of this season’s rookie crop. They didn’t get the memo that the 2015-16 campaign was supposed to be a two-horse race for the Calder Trophy, pitting 2015’s first- and second-overall picks, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, against each other.

Though most of the fresh faces have only played one contest, none of the quick-starters have looked like one-game wonders. Chicago’s Artemi Panarin or Winnipeg’s duo of Nikolaj Ehlers and Nic Petan, who have suited up in a pair of contests, haven’t looked out of place in either game. That’s not to say McDavid or Eichel have — McDavid showed flashes of brilliance in his NHL debut and Eichel scored in his first career game — but rather to say this season may not be the 82-game dogfight between the draft’s top two selections that one might have thought. Read more