Joey MacDonald is headed overseas.
MacDonald, the 35-year-old goalie that’s spent time with the Red Wings, Bruins, Islanders, Maple Leafs and Flames, has opted to sign with German League outfit Schenninger Wild Wings, the club announced on Friday.
MacDonald spent last season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, going 10-9-6 with a .910 save percentage and 2.77 GAA.
A veteran of over 100 NHL contests, MacDonald had his busiest year on Long Island in 2008-09, starting a career-high 46 games. He later enjoyed a nice spell in Detroit from 2010-12, emerging as a capable backup for Jimmy Howard.
His last big-league work came in ’13-14, when he appeared in 11 games for Calgary.
The Montreal Canadiens assigned goaltender Joey MacDonald to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
The transaction likely means Carey Price, who was listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury, will be good to go TUesday when the Canadiens play host to the Nashville Predators.
Price is 23-10-2 in 35 games this season to go along with a 2.19 G.A.A. and a .927 save percentage.
MacDonald, 34, is 6-7-3 while posting a 2.96 G.A.A. and a .902 save percentage in 16 AHL games this season.
Given how low expectations were for this year, Calgary’s actually had a fairly decent campaign — and one of the best developments has come in goal.
Karri Ramo, acquired in the Mike Cammalleri-Rene Bourque deal two years ago, has emerged as the club’s go-to starter this year and seems to have a firm grasp on the gig for next year, too.
“I love Karri,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said, per the Calgary Sun. “I think he’s positioned himself very well for the number one job next year.”
Calgary went into this season with major question marks in goal following the retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff, the veteran Finnish netminder that provided years of quality goaltending (most famously during the 2004 Stanley Cup run.) The job appeared to be up for grabs between Ramo, Joey MacDonald, Reto Berra and Joni Ortio — but after missing 15 games with a knee injury, Ramo returned in fine form and took grasp of the No. 1 gig.
More, from the Sun:
Ramo has been nothing short of brilliant — especially at the Saddledome — since returning to the team late last month.
In four home starts, Ramo has gone 3-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. He’s been named the first star in the trio of wins and second star in the one loss — all against playoff teams.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder has established career-highs in every category and takes an impressive 17-13-4 record into the final weekend of the season.
The similarities between Ramo and Kiprusoff probably aren’t lost on the Flames. Ramo kicked around the Lightning organization for a few years — with little success — before heading to the KHL, then returning to the NHL at 27.
Kiprusoff’s breakthrough campaign came after he left the Sharks and joined the Flames…at the age of 27.
News and notes from around the crease…
Luongo returns from concussion
Out of action since getting bowled over by Carolina’s Radek Dvorak last week, Roberto Luongo will return from his concussion tonight when the Panthers host Calgary.
Luongo has fared well fin his second stint with in Florida, going 4-5-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .923 save percentage. He’ll need to continue that solid play if the Panthers are to snap their current four-game losing streak.
For the Flames, Joey MacDonald gets the start in goal.
Hiller back from three-game break
Jonas Hiller will start for the first time in a week on Friday when the Ducks host the Preds in Anaheim.
Hiller was given all three games off last week after showing signs of fatigue, according to head coach Bruce Boudreau. The Swiss goalie has been very good for the Ducks this year and will be an important figure come playoff time but, tonight, he’ll be looking to build on his outstanding numbers at the Honda Center: 16-5-4, 2.01 GAA and .927 save percentage.
For Nashville, Pekka Rinne will be in net.
Habs at Sens: Peter Budaj vs. Craig Anderson
‘Hawks at Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus; no word yet on Chicago starter
Caps at Devils: Jaroslav Halak vs. Cory Schneider
Buffalo at Detroit: Matthew Hackett vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at Coyotes: Ben Scrivens vs. Thomas Greiss
Joni Ortio was pulled from the Calgary Flames net midway through Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators, and then dispatched him to the minors just minutes after the game.
Ortio allowed four goals on just 13 shots before getting yanked from Calgary’s net. The Flames went on to lose in a wild, high-scoring affair, by a final score of 6-5. Joey MacDonald came into the game for Calgary, and was credited with the loss despite allowing only two goals on nine shots.
Not long after the game ended, the Flames announced Ortio had been reassigned to the Abbotsford Heat in the American Hockey League.
The Flames later clarified the transaction.
“Joni Ortio was required to be assigned to the (Heat) as he was an emergency recall for Karri Ramo, who returns tomorrow,” the club stated later via social media.
The 22-year-old Ortio is a sixth-round pick, 171st overall, of the Flames from the 2009 NHL Draft. He had appeared in nine games, winning in four of his starts since he was recalled earlier in February.
But Friday’s outing was a rough one, especially after allowing two quick goals early.
“When you let in the first two shots, you know it’s going to be a struggle. It’s not fun,” said Ortio, as per Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald.