Skip to content

As trade rumors swirl, struggling Kiprusoff gets start in Columbus

Mar 22, 2013, 3:34 PM EST

Miikka Kiprusoff Getty Images

Of all the NHL goalies with at least 10 starts this season, not one of them has a lower save percentage than Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff (.869).

Kiprusoff started yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Predators in Nashville, surrendering five goals on just 23 shots. Yet the Flames will reportedly have the 36-year-old back in net again tonight in Columbus.

Not that Calgary has an obvious alternative — veteran Joey McDonald is the backup, and he hasn’t been fantastic either.

Besides, Kiprusoff has been a rock for the Flames for around a decade.

Like teammates Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, Kiprusoff has been forced to address trade rumors as the April 3 deadline gets closer and Calgary remains out of the playoff picture.

“I try to stay out of that,” he said recently. “I try to keep it simple, still. I try to help team here. Try to win games.”

Kiprusoff has one year remaining on his contract, which features a big cap hit of $5.83 million. However, it’s worth noting his salary for 2013-14 is just $1.5 million, a figure that could make him attractive to a club with budget constraints.

Just to throw it out there — might Florida be interested in acquiring Kiprusoff to act as a mentor for young Jacob Markstrom?

According to the Calgary Herald, Chicago and Toronto are rumored to be “sniffing around” as well.

Latest Posts
  1. Lightning spoil St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay

    Nov 27, 2014, 1:45 AM EST

    Martin St. Louis Martin St. Louis

    Callahan and Stamkos lead the way in win over Rangers.

  2. Datsyuk scores twice to lead Wings over Flyers

    Nov 26, 2014, 11:55 PM EST

    Pavel Datsyuk Pavel Datsyuk

    Returned after missing four games due to injury.

  3. Comeau and Crosby lead Pens over Leafs

    Nov 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EST

    Blake Comeau, Sidney Crosby Blake Comeau, Sidney Crosby

    The Pittsburgh captain reaches point No. 800 in the win.

  4. Video: Bob McKenzie discusses Alec Martinez contract talks

    Nov 26, 2014, 9:45 PM EST

    Alec Martinez Getty Images

    Also touches on Martin St. Louis’ return to Tampa Bay.

  5. Video: Panthers’ Luongo leaves game due to injury (Updated)

    Nov 26, 2014, 9:08 PM EST

    Roberto Luongo Getty Images

    Appeared to hurt his left shoulder. Team calling it an upper body injury.

  6. Video: Jets’ Lowry hits Sabres’ Kaleta from behind

    Nov 26, 2014, 8:42 PM EST

    Patrick Kaleta Getty Images

    The Winnipeg forward was tossed from the game.

  7. Video: Wings’ Weiss continues to roll

    Nov 26, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Florida Panthers Getty Images

    Has the game’s opening goal tonight.

  8. Video: Nash with a high hit on Palat

    Nov 26, 2014, 8:20 PM EST

    Rick Nash Getty Images

    Gets a double-minor on the play.

  9. Video: Stamkos with a beauty for his 15th

    Nov 26, 2014, 8:05 PM EST

    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoots against the Vancouver Canucks at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 17, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Getty Images

    Opened the scoring for Tampa Bay.

  10. Video: Bob McKenzie discusses Brodeur’s tryout with St. Louis

    Nov 26, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    Martin Brodeur AP

    Expected to join the Blues for practice on Friday.

  11. Chelios calls ex-teammate Shanahan an inexperienced ‘politician’

    Nov 26, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

    Brendan Shanahan,Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney, Chris Chelios Brendan Shanahan,Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney, Chris Chelios

    “Anybody can GM, anybody can be a president… whether you’re going to be good at it or not, who knows.”

Featured video

Eakins on his way out of Edmonton?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (2505)
  2. V. Hedman (2449)
  3. S. Crosby (2353)
  4. P. Sharp (2188)
  5. D. Krejci (2066)
  1. B. Marchand (1838)
  2. Z. Chara (1775)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1710)
  4. S. Varlamov (1641)
  5. A. Tanguay (1618)