Flames sign goaltender Ramo, trade for Russell

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — 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.

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.