Flames sign goaltender Ramo, trade for Russell

The Calgary Flames signed Finnish goaltender Karri Ramo on

Friday.

Ramo joins Miikka Kiprusoff, Reto Berra and Joey MacDonald as

goalies under contract with the Flames.

Calgary awaits a decision from Kiprusoff on whether the

36-year-old veteran will retire or return to the NHL for the final

year of his contract.

But the Flames were already ushering in the post-Kiprusoff era

by signing Ramo to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million.

”If I were to call Miikka today and said `I have to know

today’, Kipper has told us he’s had a great career and appreciates

it and he’s ready to move on,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster

said.

”What we’ve said to Miikka is `we’re going to give you the time

and we’ll talk again as the summer goes on.’ But we’ve been

preparing for this.”

Calgary also picked up defenseman Kris Russell from the St.

Louis Blues, finalized contract terms with center Corban Knight and

re-signed center Greg Nemiscz to a one-year extension worth

$725,000.

In other moves, the Flames signed defenseman Chris Butler to a

one-year extension and minor-league defenseman Chad Billins to a

one-year contract.

Ramo spent the past four seasons with the KHL’s Avangard Omsk,

but has played 48 NHL games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. His record

with Omsk this past season was 26-9-5 with a 2.00 goals-against

average and a .929 save percentage.

Kiprusoff has one year remaining on a front-loaded contract that

pays him $1.5 million in 2013-14, but counts $5.8 million against

the salary cap that will be $64.3 million in 2013-14.

Feaster acquired Berra’s rights in a trade that sent Jay

Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues in February. He claimed

MacDonald off waivers earlier that month and signed him to a

one-year contract extension in April.

Berra has a one-year contract with Calgary. Finnish goalie Joni

Ortio will also be at training camp. Calgary drafted him in the

sixth round in 2009.