Flames Make Logical Decision, Recall Brad Thiessen

The Calgary Flames made a roster move today. In response to the injury to goalie Karri Ramo, the Flames recalled the only other professional goaltender currently under an NHL contract.

So Brad Thiessen, the organization’s number-four netminder, is a National Hockey League goalie for the first time in three seasons.

Thiessen, 29, was brought into the organization in the off-season, likely with the goal of giving the Adirondack Flames a solid one-two punch with Joni Ortio. It worked, mostly, except when Ortio was injured Thiessen was ridden extremely hard with the untested Doug Carr as his back-up.

Thiessen’s not as sexy a prospect as Jon Gillies or Mason McDonald – though he was also a high-quality NCAA goalie in his day – but he’s a solid hand, if unspectacular, at the AHL level. He’s a career .909 AHL goalie and he probably won’t play over the final three games.

He won’t be a complete stranger in the Flames locker room, though, as he previously played with Deryk Engelland in both Pittsburgh (during his brief NHL stint) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

The Flames return to the practice ice tomorrow and are back in game action on Tuesday when they face the Arizona Coyotes.

  • MattyFranchise

    He’s going back down as soon as Gillies is done in the NCAA. No harm, no foul, he’s a warm body to sit on the bench and track faceoffs or whatever.

    • Avalain

      It’s not really a lack of depth as much as some really bad luck. By the end of the week we’ll have Gillies in the system and by next season we’ll hopefully have so many goalies that we’ll likely have to trade at least one of them.

      I have to say, though, that I’m really glad we didn’t trade Hiller at the deadline. Can you imagine putting Thiessen in for these next 3 games?

      • Canrock 78

        Not sure there will be a surplus. Ortio, Hiller with the big club. Gillies with the baby flames. McDonald in college. I know we have Carr and Thiesson but I’m not sure they are going to push the young guys for a spot in the nhl.

      • Christian Roatis

        And also, I doubt it because O’Connor is looking for the quickest route to the NHL (obviously) and I’m not sure an organization with 2 bluechip goaltending prospects (Ortio, Gillies) plus a high quality one (McDonald) and potentially two established NHLers (Hiller, Ramo if he re-signs which we won’t know till way after O’Connor signs an NHL deal), offers the quickest road to an NHL crease.

        It’s possible but personally, I’m not holding my breath.

  • Greg

    This! This is why we signed Engelland! It was all a contingency plan so if two goalies were injured and we had to call up Theisen, he’d know someone in the locker room!

    Finally, that engelland contract makes sense! /sarcasm

  • MWflames

    The wild flames season continues…

    Imagine if hiller got injured and gillies plays his first NHL game in game 1 of the playoffs… Leads flames on a long run…

    I’ll stop now *knocks on wood*