Reasonable Expectations: Karri Ramo

bookofloob
August 29 2014 10:15AM

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I could have stopped 'em all, I could've stopped you. Up there, Burke's the law, out here on the ice it's me

- an especially badass Karri Ramo, vigilante and goalkeeper

You've patiently sat through an entire August of Reasonable Expectations, and you're still here reading this (good for you!), so today I thought I'd switch things up and give you a Reasonable Expectations piece - ON A GOALIE!

As far as Flames netminders go, this coming season is going to be the most noteworthy since way back to when Miikka Kiprusoff retired. The long time Flames faithful who can remember that far back know what I'm talking about. The battle to tend the cage is as open as it was last season, but with the caveat that what makes it worth mentioning this time is that Karri Ramo's opponents are not Reto Berra and Joey MacDonald. Nay, this year Karri has to go toe to toe with an actual NHL goalie in Jonas Hiller, and it's up to him to prove he's worth it.

And if he can't, well, he can always go back to killing lawmen who try to arrest him unjustly.

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Kevin Hayes: Come Join Us

bookofloob
August 15 2014 04:06PM

Unless you believe the rumours that Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke has had illicit and depraved sexual relationships with both the mother and father of Jimmy and Kevin Hayes, which you should not because I just made that up (though still widely unproven!), there's fine reason to believe that by this time tomorrow, former NCAA star and pending UFA Kevin Hayes could be a member of your Calgary Flames.

(Hell, even if the Burke thing was true...I mean good intentions are good intentions, right?)

Anyway, if you're unaware of the news, the current Blackhawks prospect is about to become not a Blackhawk by the stroke of midnight tonight (I think 10 PM mountain, but whatever, close enough). And while many teams have been linked as active suitors for the big 22 year old (The Preds, Bruins, and with his brother in Florida have all been bandied about as possible destinations), there's reason to believe the Flames have as strong a shot as anyone, if not stronger, to land Hayes.

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Help Me Help You

bookofloob
July 30 2014 01:02PM


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It's the dregs of the offseason, friends, and as you know, that means content is coming at a premium. I don't like it anymore than you do, but short of inventing a real, working time machine, there's really sweet bippy any of us can do about it.

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Housekeeping: Flames Sign Joni Ortio

bookofloob
July 24 2014 04:07PM

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via NHL.com

On the heels of Joe Colborne's recent contract signing, the Calgary Flames continue to put checkmarks next to their summer to-do list, as the team announced they have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender and devastatingly handsome Joni Ortio to a fresh two year pact:


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An Open Letter To Curtis Glencross

bookofloob
July 18 2014 11:06AM

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Via NHL.com

Dear Curtis Glencross,

No.

Regards, 

Flames fans.

I'm being told I need to delve deeper into this, so I guess that's what I'll do.

In reference to this interview you gave, Mister Glencross, the one where you're talking about working on a contract extension now for some reason, the one where you go on record saying you're not willing to play for a hometown discount? That one? Yes, we the undersigned have a few issues with it, and if it's okay with you, we'd like to go over them in some detail? Good? Good.

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