The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded minor league defenseman John Ramage to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for future considerations, giving some veteran experience to the Tucson Roadrunners. Ramage hasn’t seen any NHL action since the 2015-16 season, and has just two games under his belt in his career.
A fourth-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2010, Ramage was a top amateur player in the US Development Program, winning a gold medal with the 2010 World Junior squad before returning as captain a year later. He also would have a “C” sewed into his sweater at the University of Wisconsin, where he played for four years. In the minor leagues, Ramage has taken home a Kelly and Calder Cup as champion of the ECHL and AHL, continuing his winning streak at nearly every level.
The Flames would eventually allow him to go to free agency without a qualifying offer and after just a single NHL game, at which point the defenseman signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’ll now head to the desert to join the Arizona organization, where he’ll hope to get his first real crack at the NHL in the coming months. In the last season of a two-year deal, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.