All aboard the Flames goaltending carosel

(Robert Mayer / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames have had a tumultuous year in net, to say the least.

After starting the 2015-16 season with three netminders on their NHL roster, we’ve seen two players get waived and demoted to the American Hockey League and two players suffer fairly major injuries by way of goal-mouth collisions.

Now that Karri Ramo’s out with ACL and meniscus damage for 6-8 months – a product of Joonas Donskoi crashing into him in San Jose – we’re back to Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio as the NHL tandem for the rest of the season. Here’s how the Flames goalie carousel has gone through this season so far.


When: October 7-20, 2015

What: Hiller and Ramo alternated starts. Ortio was a healthy scratch for every game, despite being too important to put on waivers.

Team Record: 1-5-0 [Ramo 0-3-0; Hiller 1-2-0]

Team Performance: 4.17 goals against average, 31.7 shots against per game, .868 save percentage.


When: October 23-28, 2015

What: After the team’s bad start, Ramo was placed on waivers, cleared, and demoted to the AHL’s Stockton Heat. Hiller and Ortio alternated starts until Hiller was injured on Oct. 28 against Ottawa when Bobby Ryan crashed into him.

Team Record: 1-2-1 [Hiller 1-1-0; Ortio 0-1-1]

Team Performance: 3.50 goals against average, 28.3 shots against per game, .876 save percentage.


When: October 30-November 24, 2015

What: After playing one period in the AHL, Ramo was recalled. Ortio started one game against Montreal, got lit up, and then sat the rest of the games until Hiller returned from injury.

Team Record: 6-6-0 [Ramo 6-5-0; Ortio 0-1-0]

Team Performance: 3.33 goals against average, 29.7 shots against per game, .888 save percentage.


When: November 27, 2015-February 11, 2016

What: Hiller returned from injury and Ortio was put on waivers and sent to Stockton.

Team Record: 17-12-2 [Ramo 11-10-1; Hiller 6-2-1]

Team Performance: 2.48 goals against average, 28.5 shots against per game, .913 save percentage.


When: February 12, 2016-Present

What: Ramo was injured on February 11 against San Jose. Ortio recalled from the AHL’s Stockton Heat.

Team Record: 0-3-0 [Hiller 0-2-0, Ortio 0-1-0]

Team Performance: 5.00 goals against average, 29.0 shots against per game, .828 save percentage.

  • everton fc

    Our whole season summarized. Along with poor defensive play early on, Brodie’s spell on the I/R, and continued shaky play by Russell and Wideman.

    Brutal save percentages…

    • piscera.infada

      There’s clearly some hyperbole there, but looking at some of the shots-against numbers, it’s interesting. The Flames are actually 11th in the league in shots against.

      That’s strange. I expected them to be a lot worse. It kind of goes to prove that goaltending has really sunk this team.

      Moreover though, if they could clean up the high danger scoring chances against and suppress shots instead of blocking them, I think we could see some real improvement defensively over the next season.

  • GriffinJeff

    On a side note, Lyle Richardson recently wrote about Calgary being a potential trade destination for Pavelec. Not sure I like the sound of that one, but it highlights the fact that the week ahead leading up to the trade deadline should be interesting on a number of fronts for the Flames.

  • RedMan

    seems there is a good opportunity and enough time to audition a few defenseman like Kulak, Wotherspoon and Nakladal (And maybe even Culkin), and a few forwards such as Grant (when he is off of IR)and Agistino, Hamilton and Shore.

    I wouldn’t worry about trying goalie prospects – let Gillies heal, sort out a few prospects, trade a few vets, get a top 5 pick.

  • RKD

    This was inevitable and had it crashed and burned a year earlier both guys might not have even been here a year later. The goalie situation should have been addressed two summers ago but making the playoffs last season got BT thinking one of these guys could ride it out. We got Hamilton and Frolik and should be better on paper but the goaltending has been pretty bad all season long. I don’t see any more of those 49 save performances by Hiller. Hiller is really brutal now.

    • Greg

      That’s what makes this season seem ok in my mind… We actually were quite a bit better, but the goaltending was significantly worse. That’s easier to fix then if the roster as a whole had taken a step back.

      Hopefully they sell Hudler and Russell, put a top 5 pick in the quiver, and come back with a better goaltending solution next year. The future should look brighter again then.

  • KiLLKiND

    Well maybe we can get Ramo for cheap in the summer…. We weren’t going to win the cup this year and we can just look at it as goaltending got us a higher pick.