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Flames GM Feaster to address goaltending situation Tuesday

Feb 11, 2013, 8:10 PM EST

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Following a sequence that saw Miikka Kiprusoff injured, Danny Taylor signed and Joey MacDonald claimed off waivers, plenty of questions arose regarding Calgary’s goaltending situation.

Soon, we’ll get some answers.

Flames GM Jay Feaster will reportedly address the media on Tuesday about that exact situation, a team spokesman told the Canadian Press.

As it stands, Calgary’s goaltending situation is this:

Leland Irving is the temporary No. 1 and has started the last two games (vs. Vancouver and Columbus) after relieving Kiprusoff in last week’s win over Detroit. He’s 1-1-0 with a 3.40 GAA and .879 save percentage.

– Taylor served as the backup against the Canucks and Blue Jackets.

– Kiprusoff is on IR with a lower-body injury. He skated on Monday but did no standard goalie movements (ie: butterfly, knee bends.)

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that if all goes well, Kiprusoff will return this week and MacDonald will become his No. 2.

The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak brings up a good point:  Why, if Kiprusoff is close to returning, the Flames would decide to add two contracts in Taylor and MacDonald, bringing them to 49 total?

Flames head coach Bob Hartley has forwarded all player personnel queries to Feaster.

As for the present — it was Irving and Taylor practicing prior to Monday’s home date with Minnesota, with MacDonald set to arrive in Calgary later in the evening.

  1. soupy19 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I sense Kipper’s injury is much worse than initially thought.
    I assume Gillis’ best offer for Luongo is a bag of pucks.
    I’m sure Feaster will throw in a few rolls of tape to sweeten the pot.

    • 19to77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Riiiight. Luongo’s white-hot and the Flames are imploding. Try your first-rounder this year. For starters.

  2. lordfletcher - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    well they’re playing against (my) lower scoring Wild tonight so more than likely only one goal will be let in and Irving will look like the second coming of Roy.

    • buckyblackhawk - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Irving looked pretty good against the Canucks. This team has a lot more issues than goaltending to address.

      • kicksave1980 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:33 AM

        Definitely. They’ve needed to blow the thing up and start new for a couple years now. Seems like they’re trying to rebuild, while at the same time adding scrap-heap pieces to appease either ownership or their fan base.

        People say that it isn’t easy to rebuild in Canadian markets, but I disagree. People still come to the games. Fans will complain on sports radio, but when don’t they? Look at Edmonton. They’ve been rebuilding for a few years, all while having some of the highest ticket prices in the league, and an antiquated arena, but they still sell out nightly.

  3. nananatman - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    He should apologize for getting a pay check, what’s he been here for like 3 years and the suck worse than ever.

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