Hiller and Ramo are both pending unrestricted free agents, which has led to speculation that one of them could be moved. But the risk in that would be gambling on the inexperienced Ortio as the back-up.
Ortio conceded yesterday that the situation was “unusual,” the 24-year-old telling the Calgary Herald that his goal is simply to be the “No. 1 goalie” at training camp.
“We can probably affect the decisions – well, for sure, we can – but it’s not up to us to make that (ultimate) call,” said Ortio. “We just play hockey.”
The Flames could always roll the dice that Ortio isn’t claimed on waivers — like the Canucks did last year when they sent Jacob Markstrom to the AHL — but losing him for nothing would be a sour outcome.