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Flames goalie prospect: ‘Nobody can replace’ Kiprusoff

Sep 14, 2013, 12:05 AM EST

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With Miikka Kiprusoff no longer with the Calgary Flames – his retirement was announced earlier this week – the opportunity for a young goalie to take hold of the starting job is wide open.

Kiprusoff is originally from Turku, Finland. There’s a Finnish goalie currently in the Flames camp, and that would be Karri Ramo. As Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports, there are four candidates to take over from Kiprusoff, including Ramo, Reto Berra, Joey MacDonald, and  Joni Ortio.

No pressure, right?

“Because I don’t think it’s the pressure of being Miikka — nobody can replace him,” Ramo told the Calgary Herald.

“Obviously, nobody can be the new Kiprusoff. But to be a go-to guy here — or anywhere in the (National Hockey League)? It’s a high-pressure spot. It would be the same thing even if Miikka was here. You would still feel the pressure (because) you would want to beat him.

“But you can’t think about him. Like, ‘Oh, Kiprusoff would have made this save and I couldn’t make it.’ You have to be yourself and play your game.

Kiprusoff, who turns 37 years of age in October, joined the Flames for the 2003-04 season and then backstopped that team to within one win of a Stanley Cup championship.

Following the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, Kiprusoff played 70 or more games a season in each of the last seven seasons prior to the 2012-13 lockout.

Ramo, 27, signed with the Flames in July. He has 48 games of NHL experience, all coming with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  1. elwaysagenius - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    27 year old “prospect”

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      It happens. Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas didn’t become starting goalies until they were 32.

      • ejbigg - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Kiprusoff was 27

  2. nananatman - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    We won that Stanley Cup in 6 games, you can’t make a save with your glove IN the net. Martin Gelinas was a killer that year!

  3. myjunkyourtrunk - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    And nobody cares. Hockey isn’t very popular in America. Soccer isn’t and won’t be either. Why can’t people understand that and move on.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Why? Because you’re wrong. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not popular.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:27 AM

        Don’t listen to him, he’s a junky

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Judging by his username, he’s just mad Sean Avery’s been shunned by the league.

    • titansrbeast - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      What you have to understand, myjunkyourtrunk, is that in fact nobody cares about YOU, or anything you have to say. If you have anything left to say, go ahead and type in your little box and we can all thumbs down it for ya’. Little byatch!

  4. hjworton46 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Kipper may regret retiring at a relatively early age for a gk. I’d expect to see him back at some point. For many years he was elite, sadly not for the past couple but the memories live on.

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