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Ortio’s new contract becomes one-way in 2015-16

Jul 27, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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As things currently stand in Calgary, Jonas Hiller is likely to enter the season as the Flames’ number one goaltender and Karri Ramo will challenge him for playing time. However, that doesn’t render 23-year-old goaltender Joni Ortio irrelevant.

Ortio made his NHL debut last season and went on to post a 2.51 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games. The Flames recently signed him to a two-year deal, but the financial terms weren’t immediately disclosed. Now we know that his contract becomes one-way in 2015-16, so while he’s a long shot to make the team’s opening game roster this season, they clearly see him as a significant candidate to land a regular roster spot in the not too distant future.

“I think we’ve got three good goaltenders here who all want a bite of the apple,” Flames GM Brad Treliving said, per the team’s website. “That only makes us better and that, to me in this business, it’s a competitive business and when you have competition, it brings out the best in everyone.

“That’s the goal. Bringing Joni into the mix now, it really just makes us deeper and stronger at the position.”

Hiller’s deal with the Flames only runs through the 2015-16 campaign and Ramo is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015, so the Flames haven’t made a long-term commitment to any of their goalies. In other words, this season is set up to be an on-the-job audition with the potential prize of being the team’s starting goaltender for years to come up for grabs.

  1. quinner17 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    All 3 goalies are decent….good news for Flames fans

  2. cyggyx1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Wow, what a perfect opportunity to explain the difference in a one way contract and a two way contract. Wait I forgot, all they do is repost and reword other writers articles. They don’t actually write for themselves… ;)

    • killerpgh - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      It’s pretty simple. 2 way contracts mean he has 2 different level of pay. He makes $xx,xxx while playing in the AHL and will make $xxx,xxx while playing in the NHL. A one way contract means he makes the same amount of $ if he is playing in the AHL or NHL. Some people get confused because they think 1 way/2 way contracts factor into players needing to pass through waivers. But it has nothing to do with players being waiver eligible.

      • cyggyx1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Finally. Thanks. I’m a fan of the game but I could care less about contracts. Nice to know the some of those kids are getting paid more cash to play with the big boys. Hockey players deserve every penny they get considering their career could be over in a snap. I watched Kevin Sawyer’s career end on a punch as a Duck.

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