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Report: Flames give Leafs permission to speak with Kiprusoff

Apr 1, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

Miikka Kiprusoff AP

The Maple Leafs are working on acquiring a veteran goalie — but it’s not the one you might think.

Toronto has reportedly been granted permission by Calgary to speak with Miikka Kiprusoff, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Kiprusoff, 36, has two years remaining on the six-year, $35 million deal he signed with Calgary in 2008. While his no-trade/movement clause has expired, reports have suggested he wouldn’t report to a new team if he was dealt.

It’s believed family reasons are at the core of this decision. Kiprusoff’s wife recently gave birth to their second son, Oskar.

As such, the Leafs presumably want to do their homework before doing a deal — but that’s not the only angle of this story.

Earlier today, Toronto GM Dave Nonis said adding a goalie wasn’t a priority for his club, which is looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

“It’s the same as every other position,” Nonis said. “If we can add a goaltender that strengthens our group and helps the guys that we have here, then we would look to do it. If not, as we’ve said all along, we think we have two NHL-caliber goalies [in James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.]

“They’ve proved that so far this year, and goaltending hasn’t been an issue.”

The other angle?

Toronto’s been tied to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo for what feels like forever.

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Leafs and Canucks had renewed discussions about the 33-year-old netminder.

That revelation was followed by GM Mike Gillis saying that multiple teams were in on Luongo:

All this could be smoke — posturing, if you will.

The Canucks could be driving up their asking price by saying several teams are inquiring about Luongo, and the Leafs could be countering by saying they’re serious about Kiprusoff.

Whatever the case, it promises to be an interesting story to follow as we creep closed to Wednesday’s trade deadline.


According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, there’s also a team other than Toronto talking to Calgary about Kiprusoff.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    What is with Dave Nonis and goalies? Get defence! The Leafs are fine in net! What they need is a #3-4 D so they’re not playing Phaneuf 25+ minutes a night. At 20 minutes he’s actually serviceable but he’s not in shape to play Pronger minutes and that’s what Carlyle has to clock him at in big games or when other D are injured. Fix that.

    • packerswin96 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      You are right, Phaneuf should be the team’s #3 D at best, not their #1. With a better D TO could do some damage in the playoffs.

  2. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Kipper has been brutal this year. Maybe a change of scenery might do him some good.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      After what I saw tonight, I’d prefer to stick with Reimer and Scrivens.

  3. kingsforever - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I would assume that the Flames would want a pick or maybe Jussi Rynnas?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      How about a conditional 8th round pick and the rights to Pierre Pilote?

  4. withseidelinn - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    If the price is cheap, why not? But if anything really significant is being given up then it’s a dumb trade. And I also see it highly unlikely as Kipper himself said he wouldn’t report.

  5. sportsfaninyyc - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    KIpper yanked tonight after letting in 3 goals on 5 shots, the 3rd goal was a bad one. I really don’t see him fetching much for the Flames if they unload him.

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