With Jarome Iginla shipped off to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the focus shifts to Miikka Kiprusoff, who has one season left on his contract. His no-movement clause expired last summer, generating talk he too will be shipped out of Calgary. Earlier this week, TSN's Darren Dreger speculated the Toronto Maple Leafs could have interest in Kiprusoff, though no offers had been made. The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan cited a source saying not to read too much into those rumors. Despite lacking a no-movement clause, Kiprusoff could still control his fate. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos cited a report out of Finland claiming if Kiprusoff were traded, he would refuse to report to his new team. The Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak reported neither Kiprusoff nor Flames management would comment on the story. Another rumor claims the 36-year-old netminder could skip the final season of his contract and simply retire. Kiprusoff would face suspension without pay by the NHL if he refused to report following a trade, but if the retirement rumors are true, it won't make any difference to him. It could also simply be a bluff by “Kipper” to scare off interested teams. Some observers believe Kiprusoff must publicly address these rumors, but he and the Flames maintain their silence on his status.
Is Miikka Kiprusoff next?
The Hockey News | Mar 29