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Sports in brief: Tampa Bay Lightning's Karri Ramo to stay in Russia

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lIGHTNING'S rAMO TO STAY IN rUSSIA

The Lightning will be without Karri Ramo for another season. The goaltender decided to remain with Avangard Omsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Ramo's agent, Mark Gandler, said Friday that his client could have opted out of the second year of his two-year contract but decided in early May to stay. Tampa Bay was between general managers at the time. Gandler declined to comment when asked if that affected the process.

Ramo, 24, was 21-17-4 in 44 games for Omsk with a 2.11 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and four shutouts. Gandler said Ramo, who still is Lightning property, would like to return to Tampa Bay after his stint in Russia. "If the stars align, we'll get it done," Gandler said.

Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer

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Sports in brief: Tampa Bay Lightning's Karri Ramo to stay in Russia 06/18/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 18, 2010 9:58pm]

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