There's been a very interesting development around the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, and one that involves a player not currently on the Maple Leafs roster.
National Hockey League veteran goaltender Karri Ramo has been rehabbing from a significant injury and he has done so within the Leafs organization despite not being signed by the team, reportedly a personal favor from general manager Lou Lamoriello with whom he has a good relationship. Now it appears that rehab may be coming to an end.
A report from Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston today has revealed that there is now a belief that Ramo is "close to getting medical clearance to play" and that may prove to be an interesting development for the Leafs.
As an unrestricted free agent the Leafs could easily opt to sign Ramo while trading away an asset like Jhonas Enroth to one of the many teams suffering from injuries at the goaltending position. After all with Ramo working through his entire rehab at their facilities it will have given them ample opportunity to observe that rehab and judge whether or not he can handle the backup role behind Frederik Andersen.
A favor from general manager Lou Lamoriello may very well be about to turn into an additional asset for the Tortonto Maple Leafs.