The Miikka Kiprusoff era is over in Calgary, the veteran goaltender has decided to retire according to a Finnish report.

Kiprusoff, who has one more season left on his contract that has a $5.833 million cap hit, would be foregoing that final season to hang up the skates. He told a Finnish newspaper as well as the Flames about his decision to hang 'em up.

This is really no surprise, Kipper was pretty publicly considering retirement once the season ended. You'll recall that it seemed like there was a trade in the works to send Kiprusoff to Toronto at the deadline but he said no and at one of the many reasons people cited was the fact that Kiprusoff could have been playing his last couple of weeks.

Although apparently it is a surprise to the Flames.

Whether or not the Flames are aware of it, Kiprusoff would go out as one of the all-time great Flames. He has been Calgary's backstopper since 2003-04 when he came to Calgary from San Jose. He was an absolute workhorse over the years, never starting fewer than 70 games after taking the job in 2005-06, until this season of course. He battled some injuries and played just 24 of 48 games with some pretty abysmal numbers; a 3.44 goals against average and an .882 save percentage. He certainly wasn't helped by the guys in front of him but he had a real drop.

In total, Kiprusoff played in 623 games going 319-213-71. He ends with a .912 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average. He only led the Flames out of the first round of the playoffs in one season but that season he backstopped the Flames all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. His career playoff numbers bested his regular-season numbers with a .921 save percentage and 2.32 goals against average