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.