After spending most of this year rehabbing his injured knee, former NHL goaltender Karri Ramo has decided to take his talents to the KHL. Today he signed a one-year deal with Jokerit Helsinki with an option for the 2018-19 season.
Ramo injured his knee in February of 2016, and needed a full repair of his ACL and meniscus. As he was recovering, the Toronto Maple Leafs gave him a home, including him in practices and allowing him to use their facilities. When he was well enough, he took the ice for the Toronto Marlies before signing short-term with the Lahti Pelicans to finish the season in the Finnish Liiga.
The 30-year old played 37 games for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, recording a .909 save percentage. Including that one, his most recent few seasons do show an ability to play at the NHL level, but he’ll be off the market as a backup this summer. Teams looking for a cheap option will have to look elsewhere.