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.