Habs deal Desjardins to Bolts for Ramo

Karri Ramo, new to the Canadiens as of tonight.
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Cédrick Desjardins is now a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens’ fast-becoming unofficial affiliate in Florida, in exchange for Finnish goaltender Karri Ramo.

• The team’s release:

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the acquisition of goaltender Karri Ramo from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in return for netminder Cédrick Desjardins.

Ramo, 24, suited up for 44 games with Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League in 2009-10, posting a record of 21 wins, 17 losses, 4 overtime losses, a 2.11 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.

He tied for 6th in the league in goals against average, and was also tied for 4th with four shutouts.

A native of Asikkala, Finland, Ramo played in 125 professional
games in North America between the age of 20 and 23. Selected in the
sixth round, 191st overall by Tampa Bay in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, he
played 48 NHL career regular season games with the Lightning between
2006 and 2009, posting an 11-21-10 record, a 3.35 goals against average
and a .895 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound netminder also
participated in 77 games in the American Hockey League with Springfield
and Norfolk.

Cédrick Desjardins joined the Canadiens as a
free agent on July 3, 2008. He played a total of 90 games with the AHL
Hamilton Bulldogs during the past four seasons, posting a 59-27-5
record, a 2.64 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. The
Edmundston, N.B. native also played 67 games with the ECHL Cincinnati
Cyclones, winning the Kelly Cup in 2008.

• Comment via release from Lightning GM Steve Yzerman:

“We are happy to be able to add Cedrick to the Lightning today. With his American Hockey League
experience, he will provide excellent goaltending depth for the
organization, allowing us to be patient while Dustin Tokarski and
Jaroslav Janus further mature and develop.”

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