Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/24/13
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The No. 1 netminder job for the Calgary Flames wasn’t going to just be handed to Karri Ramo. He had to earn it. Mission accomplished. Ramo the former Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender won’t likely replace the retired Miikka Kiprusoff in the hearts of Flames fans but looks to be the man who’ll take over the starting goalkeeper duties when the regular season opens. Ramo made 27 saves in Monday’s 4-1 pre-season victory over the New York Rangers at the Saddledome. Not a bad Dome debut for the goalie. “Home is home you want to perform” Ramo said. “It’s the first of many hopefully now. Good thing it went well and you have to enjoy it now but you have to come back to work tomorrow.” The Flames conclude their exhibition schedule Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes and there are still plenty of decisions to be made before declaring a 23-man roster. Deciding the top netminder won’t take any agonizing. After his second consecutive top-notch outing it’s hard to imagine Ramo won’t be the man
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