We move forward on that and probably I think every day now I’ll get some more and more ice time and see how it goes. - Karri Ramo
CALGARY, AB -- It was only a couple of spins around the rink, but Karri Ramo has finally returned to the ice.
The Calgary Flames goaltender, who what’s being described as a lower body injury, skated for the first time since sustaining the injury in Calgary’s 4-3 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 1.
“Today is the first skate and it was just to see where we’re at right now,” Ramo said Tuesday. “What I’ve done off ice, everything’s felt really good. We decided to put the gear on and go on the ice and see what I can do and can’t do yet. We move forward on that and probably I think every day now I’ll get some more and more ice time and see how it goes.”
It wasn’t an exhausting workout, but the quick jaunt represented progress for the 27-year-old keeper, who left the game against the Wild late in the first period.
“I didn’t really do anything. I just skated around a few laps and got on my knees and moved around a little bit,” Ramo said. “It felt good. As far as getting back to practice, we haven’t set any dates yet. We’ll see how it goes. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow morning and see when we can have a little more work on the ice.”
The timing of the injury couldn’t have been worse for Ramo, who had won three straight decisions and allowed fewer than three goals in four of his past five appearances. The stretch improved his record on the season to 11-10-4 with a 2.66 goals against average and .908 save percentage.
It didn’t get the native of Asikkala, Finland down, though.
“You still have to be positive,” Ramo said. “You also have to take advantage of it when you’re not on the ice. You have time to work on stuff off the ice that you can’t do when you are on the ice.”
Though there are just 21 games remaining on the Flames docket, the goaltender is set to ensure he’s completely ready before stepping back into the crease.
After all, there isn’t much time for a setback with just six weeks remaining on the schedule.
“The way I see it is that I try to just make sure that everything is 100 percent before I come back so that there’s not going to be any setbacks,” Ramo said. “There’s not much time left so I just want to get back to 100 percent before I come back at all.”