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It certainly doesn't look any better today. Flames GM Brad Treliving made a rare appearance in front of the media this morning, announcing that Ramo, a pending UFA this summer, is out for 6-8 months (read: the rest of the season, and up until next year's training camp) with a torn ACL and meniscus damage.
That's a terrible injury for any goaltender, and it's especially unfortunate for Ramo, seeing as how he had just managed to establish himself as a solid starter in the Flames' crease. This injury could also result in Ramo receiving significantly discounted offers in Free Agency this summer, if any at all - teams typically don't like risking their money on seriously-injured players.
So, What Does This Mean?
Thinking in the now, this injury likely ends the Flames' playoff chances this season. The club will now be forced to ride Jonas Hiller the rest of the way, and his play has not been up to snuff this year.
Ramo will likely never play another game for the Flames, which is quite unfortunate. He had been a brighter spot on a pretty mediocre team. It'll be sad to see him go, if he leaves.
Still, he gave this team three pretty excellent years of goaltending. He won a playoff series against Vancouver last year, and actually managed a winning record in his career with the Flames (49-42-8), despite playing on bad teams in two of his three years here. He averaged a .911 save percentage over those three years.
Karri Ramo had big shoes to fill. He was the team's first real starting goaltender after the departure of Miikka Kiprusoff (sorry, Joey Mac), and he managed to hold the fort commendably. If he doesn't re-sign here come July (or August), he'll be missed.
The best of luck to Karri in this difficult time. A torn ACL is an incredibly difficult injury to overcome, but #31 has been a fighter his three years here in Alberta, and he has it within him to recover. Hopefully, he'll be back better than ever next year, in Calgary or elsewhere.