Flames Goaltender Situation

With 5 NHL/AHL ready goalies, who will the Flames let go of?

Expected to be the number one starter is Karri Ramo,  With a season record of 15-9-3 in the 2015 regular season, the Flames rewarded him to a one year deal at 3.9 million. His season was filled with injuries but he still proved valuable in the playoffs. Ramo will be 32 in 2016.

Playing most of the games last year was Jonas Hiller, with a season record of 26-19-4. He was okay, but let in the odd first-shot goal. With one year left at 4.5 million, there is a possibility he could be traded. Hiller will be 34 in 2016 and had an okay playoff record (3-3).

Joni Ortio is an NHL ready backup.  Not only that,  but his contract transfers to a one-way deal. During his AHL season, he did have a few injuries but still won 21 games out of the 37 he played. He was called up once, and did okay, winning four of the six games he played.  And, he had one shutout. Joni was drafted in the 6th round, at the 2009 NHL Draft, and will be 25 in 2016.

Jon Gillies will probably go back to Providence College.  The flames haven’t signed yet him and he will probably have a better opportunity there anyways. Gillies has never played an NHL game but won a national championship in the 2014-15 season with Providence College. He has a record of 60-34-13 throughout his college career, and has certainly developed his size at 6’5″, weighing 216 pounds. Jon was drafted 75th overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft, and will be 22 in 2016.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason McDonald  starting in the Stockton Heat this season. The Flames signed him to a entry-level deal.  Although it wasn’t a good season in Charlottetown, Mason still managed to get 28 wins. He also won a bronze medal at the IIHF World U-18 Championships with Canada. Mason was drafted 34th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, and will be 20 in 2016.

I went to the Flames development camp scrimmage and Mason McDonald looked the best Out of Jon Gillies, Adam Clarke and Rylan Toth.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Josh says:

    Ok, there is a lot of misinformation in this article. Karri Ramo is very inconsistent so it’s hard to believe that he would be considered the favourite to start next year when Jonas Hiller was lights out down the stretch to get the them into the playoffs. Ramo is also just 29, not 32. Joni Ortio played stellar when he was called up last year. He was huge when Ramo went down with an injury, winning four straight games. Jon Gillies signed in April so it’s not possible for him to go back to college. Gillies is almost assured to be the starter in Stockton because there is no way the Flames break camp with three goalies on one-way deals. Mason McDonald is destined to be back in Charlottetown because there is no point to have a 19 year old goalie in the AHL. Staying in the QMJHL will also offer McDonald the opportunity to play on the World Junior team. His stats aren’t a great reflection of his play because the team was one of the worst in the league at the start of the year. I’m also not too sure what camp you were at. Gillies was hands down the best goalie on the ice. The last two names you mentioned are nonfactors as they were just camp invitees.

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