Ramo to the rescue
Karri Ramo said he has no indication about when, or if, he will play for the Lightning this season.
But considering what coach John Tortorella had to say, the goaltender, called up Monday from AHL Springfield, better keep his game face ready.
"He is part of the equation," Tortorella said. "He's not here to see his teammates so he knows them better during camp next year. We're going to make decisions accordingly. Do I want someone to take the ball and run with this and be consistent? That's what we need."
But unless they plan on playing all three netminders at the same time, there's no second coming of Martin Brodeur in the team's system to play saviour. In my opinion, if coach John Tortorella is looking for some consistency in his goaltending, he's going to have to deflect some of his criticisms from Johan Holmqvist and Marc Denis.
The Lightning play a scrambly style, one in which the defensive players all collapse in front of their goal and make life interesting for the opposition. It's a style that also, unfortunately, makes life interesting for Tampa's much-maligned netminders.
So, sure — let's call Karri Ramo, a 20-year-old Finn with a 15-24-1 record in the AHL in his first North American pro season.
Maybe he can make sense of all of this. Someone has to.