The Flames have put 24-year-old third-stringer goaltender Joni Ortio on waivers. The three goalie “system” the Flames found themselves in has finally bitten them in the ass, and even a fortunate injury timing-wise to Hiller can’t save them now.
A few things may happen because of this:
- Because Calgary hasn’t played him, and the three games he did played in were bloody awful, he may clear waivers and go help out in the AHL. The Heat recently lost their starting goalie. This is the best case scenario.
- He’s a 24-year-old prospect with NHL experience. Twenty-nine other teams won’t let that go by without action. He is claimed by another team and we see him again in four years as a starter. Let’s call this the worst-case scenario. Although it’s also likely we’d never see him again.
- He clears waivers, is sent to the AHL and we never see him up in the bigs again. Another goalie prospect ruined. Let’s call this (unfortunately) the most likely scenario.
If I may go out on a bit of a rhetorical rant for a moment…
If we’re rebuilding, then why is Ramo here? Wait… why is Hiller here? Is it for their leadership? I doubt it.
Let’s stop fooling ourselves. Put in the rookie, trade your veterans in Wideman, Hudler, Russell, before they lose all value. Keep your leadership in Giordano, groom Monahan to be the next leader.
Come on Brad Treliving. It’s hockey, not rocket science.