The Habs and Tampa Bay did a little goalie swapping on Monday, and because it’s Habs news, it’s big news. Even though both goalies may or may not ever become decent NHL backstoppers.
Cedric Desjardins, who hails from New Brunswick, has gone to Tampa in exchange for Finnish goalie Karri Ramo who presently is the Omsk goaltender in the Kontinental Hockey League. The Canadiens, I suppose, are assuming the guy is coming back to North America.
I feel no emotion about this trade whatsoever other than the fact Montreal loses a good Canadian boy. I never saw Desjardins when he was with the Hamilton Bulldogs, but apparently he wasn’t even the main guy in the Dogs’ playoff run. Curtis Sanford was. If Desjardins is going to have a big league career, he needs to pick things up a notch or two, and it apparently didn’t look like it was going to happen anytime soon in the Montreal organization.
Ramo is another who may or may not have an NHL career. He seems to be just another average goalie in the Russian league, and was an extemely mediocre four wins and ten losses with the Tampa Bay Lightning before signing a two- year deal with Omsk.
But all I know is what I’ve read. Which isn’t much.
Who knows, maybe Ramo will surprise and end up being the Habs number two guy behind Carey Price after Alex Auld’s one-year deal finishes. Maybe, maybe not. And memo to Price – You can sign any time now. How complicated can it be?
This trade is not earth-shattering in my humble opinion. It’s two goalies nestled down the food chain, and all we can do is hope this newest addition to the Habs – Karri Ramo, takes the bull by the horns and shows everybody he’s worthy of someday putting on the real jersey.
In a perfect Habs world, Carey Price is magnificent, Alex Auld is much more than anyone ever expected, and Ramo, Sanford, and Robert Mayer are terrific in the minors. Is it asking too much?