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Report: Kiprusoff might not play for new team if traded by Flames

Mar 26, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

Miikka Kiprusoff AP

The Calgary Flames might just clean house during the trade deadline, which means getting rid of expensive veterans such as Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester. Swapping Miikka Kiprusoff might be a tougher endeavor, however.

The veteran goalie told management that he would not report to his new team because of “family reasons,” according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos’ sources. (His wife recently gave birth.)

It’s unclear how such a scenario would work out contract-wise, although it wouldn’t be surprising if he was suspended like Tim Thomas is in that hypothetical situation.

Naturally, there’s always the chance that he could have a change of heart or that Kypreos’ sources are wrong. Still, it adds another layer of potential drama for a team likely in transition.

Kypreos’ Sportsnet colleague Mark Spector reports that the Flames are looking to trade Iginla for a young goaltender, which would likely make Kiprusoff that much more expendable.

The 36-year-old goalie is in the middle of his ninth season with Calgary. His no-movement clause expired in 2011-12, according to Cap Geek.

The Finnish netminder’s $5.83 million cap hit expires after the 2013-14 season. If he becomes more amenable to a trade, he could work especially well for a low-budget team trying to hit the cap floor; his salary will only be $1.5 million next season.

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  1. elemeno89 - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Though spot for him and the team if this were to happen.

  2. dawglb - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    If his no trade clause has expired, then this is a no-brainer. He needs to move and deal with the career that had afforded his family all of the security he has. You can’t take pay checks for a decade and then thumb your nose at that organization. Well, you can, but it’s a d*ck move. Get in in-laws to move in for 3 months until the season is over…..join the real world for 12 weeks, buddy.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      No kidding, what a dick for wanting to spend time with his newborn son and wife.

      • 19to77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Right. ‘Cause a 36-year old multimillionaire can’t invest a couple of months of the rest of his absurdly well-off life to treat the organization who paid him every cent of it with a little bit of class.

        It’s not about spending time with his family – it’s not like they’re going to be gone forever by freaking April. It’s about doing the job you’re contractually obligated to do until the time your contract frees you from doing it – which is the END OF NEXT SEASON. Not whenever the hell he feels like.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        He’s not a slave, he’s able to do what he wants just like anyone else with a job. If he doesn’t report, he doesn’t get paid.
        He doesn’t owe Calgary anything much like Calgary doesn’t owe him anything.

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I heard the reason he was with the flames for so long was family reasons as well. I heard this back in 05. Not sure what it was it was just something I had in the back of my head for a long time

  4. thomaspratt - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    If Calgary is able to nab Bernier for Iginla, and Kipper won’t play for a new team if traded, doesn’t that kind of give Mike Gillis a temporary reprieve from the seemingly shrinking Luongo market? Right now, the Leafs or Tampa can focus on getting Bernier from the Kings, and a team that needs a short term solution could have targeted Kipprusoff. If both are off the market, so much the better for the Canucks.

    • dolanster - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Bernier is not going anywhere — the Kings have no third string goaltender and can afford to sit on Bernier until they feel like moving him (which won’t be this year). He’s certainly not going anywhere for a rental like Iginla.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I don’t want to play in your yard, I don’t like you any more,

    You’ll be sorry when you see me sliding down our cellar door,

    You can’t holler down our rain-barrel, you can’t climb our apple tree,

    I don’t want to play in your yard, if you won’t be good to me.

    • imleftcoast - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      You might want to turn off the computer and go for a walk.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Nice play highcountry. Classic song from 1894, which happens to have been the year of the first Stanley Cup challenge game.

  6. dawglb - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Thank you 19to77!

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