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With Kiprusoff hurt (Updated: Out vs. Columbus), Flames sign AHL standout Taylor

Feb 6, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

Danny Taylor

The Calgary Flames have inked AHL Abbotsford netminder Danny Taylor to a one-year, two-way deal worth $525,000.

Taylor, 26, joined the Flames organization last season and posted stellar numbers for the Heat — 17-10-3, 2.21 GAA, .927 save percentage — and has been equally solid (if not better) this season, posting a 1.77 GAA (2nd best in the AHL) and .930 save percentage (4th best).

Los Angeles’ seventh-round pick at the 2004 Entry Draft, Taylor appeared in one contest for the Kings — a 7-2 loss to Dallas in 2008, in which he replaced Erik Ersberg in the third period and allowed two goals on 10 shots.

That remains his lone NHL appearance.

Taylor will head to Columbus to join the Flames (they play the Blue Jackets on Thursday) and serve as Leland Irving‘s backup for an undetermined length of time.

Irving ascended to the No. 1 gig when Miikka Kiprusoff was injured during Tuesday’s 4-1 win in Detroit — the veteran Finnish netminder left the game after the second period, having suffered a lower-body injury after getting tangled with Wings forward Johan Franzen.

Update: Kiprusoff has officially been ruled out of Thursday’s game in Columbus, with TSN’s Aaron Ward hearing the injury is MCL/knee-related.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Although he hasn’t played that well the Flames can’t afford to have Kipper out for long. That being said this is Irving’s big chance to show he’s an NHL goalie, take the ball and run with it like Kipper did in a similar situation in 03-04, he was brought in as short term relief when Turek and McClennan went down, it worked out.

  2. ray2013 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I have to respectfully disagree. They should let Kipper sit for as long as it takes for him to come back 100% healthy. And if that’s next season? All the better come draft day.

    With the Flames’ current standing, and losing their #1 goalie for an extended period of time, now is as good a time as any to trade Iginla for picks or prospects and let him play in the playoffs (and hopefully go far). Couldn’t ask for a much better situation to just say, ok, we’re going to blow it up.

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