If the Calgary Flames had plans to trade one of their two NHL goalies prior to the deadline in two weeks, those plans will have to change.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 12, 2016
The Flames put Karri Ramo on injured reserve Friday and recalled Joni Ortio from their American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton.
Ramo was injured in the third period of Thursday’s win over the Sharks in San Jose in a collision with Joonas Donskoi. The extent of his injury was not known Friday afternoon but Sportsnet Flames broadcaster Roger Millions, who is with the team on the road, tweeted that he believed it was a knee problem.
Ramo on IR. Thinking it is a knee problem. Karri has been strong since November. #Flames
— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) February 12, 2016
Jonas Hiller finished up Thursday’s 6-5 shootout win and is expected to be in goal for tonight’s game in Glendale with the Arizona Coyotes.
Ortio has played in 20 games for Stockton this season and is 9-9-0. He also played four games for the Flames to start the season and was 0-2-0 when he was assigned to the Heat in November.
Ramo and Hiller will both be unrestricted free agents after this season and were both considered possible trade targets of teams looking for help for the playoffs.
However, the Flames themselves are still hanging in the playoff race and enter Friday’s action five points behind the Nashville Predators in the hunt for the final wild-card spot.
GM Brad Treleving may be gun-shy to trade Jonas Hiller now without Ramo to fall back on.