Miikka Kiprusoff no longer has a no-trade clause in his contract. Therefore, the Calgary Flames could trade their star netminder to the highest bidder, which would seem the right thing to do since they’re coming closer to being eliminated from playoff contention. A wrench may have been thrown in that plan, however, with reports Kiprusoff has told the team he won’t report elsewhere if traded between now and the April 3 NHL deadline. Kiprusoff wasn’t made available to the media after his team’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday. When asked if he’d stop and talk as the players were leaving the United Center, Kiprusoff said, “No,” while showing his watch. “Got a bus to catch.” Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod, who was with the team in Chicago, said he wouldn’t comment on “trade deadline issues” but seemed surprised at the report. The story was first reported by a reporter from Finland and gained steam across North America after Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported it. Kiprusoff, who has one more season on his contract, became a father again just over a week ago with the birth of a son, Oskar. Even with that, such a stance is a surprise. The veteran netminder, who turned 36 in October, signed a six-year, US$35-million contract which kicked in at the start of the 2008-09 season. His final year is worth $1.5 million, with a $5.83 million cap hit, and it’s been speculated for years he won’t play that season. To his credit, Kiprusoff was strong in Tuesday’s clash with the Chicago Blackhawks, stopping 33 shots in the 2-0 loss. He had 25 saves through the first two periods. At the second intermission, the Flames were down by just a pair of goals and having been outshot by a 27-9 count at the United Center.
Kiprusoff reportedly tells Flames he'd refuse to report to new team if traded
Calgary Sun | Mar 27