According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, injured free agent netminder Karri Ramo was the third goaltender at Maple Leafs practice today, and may eventually sign with the team. Johnston reports that there is a strong relationship between Ramo’s agent and Leafs’ general manager Lou Lamoriello, and though this is just a courtesy to allow Ramo to rehab at a professional facility, no one is ruling out the possibility of a contract down the line.
Ramo injured his left knee in February and needed surgery to repair his ACL and meniscus, giving him an 8-10 month rehab at initial estimates. He’s now just working to get clearance to get into game action, and Toronto eagerly gave him that opportunity. While Johnston says his clearance should come soon, many teams will end up calling in on the goaltender.
For teams like Los Angeles, adding Ramo would at least give them a serviceable, experienced NHL netminder. Through 159 NHL contests, the Finnish goaltender has posted a .906 save percentage, though that’s brought down considerably by his first few seasons in the NHL. For Calgary, his last team, he posted a .911 and a 2.63 goals against average. While not a top-tier starter by any means, he’ll surely find work somewhere around the league.