The number one goaltending position for the Flames was up for grabs because of the offseason retirement of former Vezina Trophy winner Miikka Kiprusoff.
Ramo, a 27 year old native of Asikkala, Finland, has been dominant in the Kontinental Hockey League the last four seasons with Avangard Omsk. He has posted a record of 99-48-22 with 18 shutouts, a 2.01 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. In the postseason, his goals against average and save percentage has been even better. His goals against was 1.91 and his save percentage was .924.
Ramo has been in a battle the last month for the starting goaltending job in Calgary. He has experienced a stiff challenge from Joey MacDonald and Reto Berra.
However it appears that Ramo, who came to Calgary from Montreal in the Michael Cammalleri/Rene Bourque blockbuster, will begin the season as the Flames starter according to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun. It was Ramo who backstopped the Flames to an impressive 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Monday evening and according to Daren Millard of Rogers Sportsnet, the Flames have not been pleased with the shape of MacDonald to date.