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Report: Kiprusoff will stay in Calgary, considering retirement

Apr 3, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

Miikka Kiprusoff AP

Miikka Kiprusoff will remain in Calgary and may retire at the end of the season, sources tell TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Despite a dreadful .868 save percentage, Kiprusoff had been targeted by Toronto as a potential veteran backup for James Reimer.

Kiprusoff is 36 years old and is signed through next season. However, his salary falls to just $1.5 million in the final year of his six-year, $35 million contract.

(And if you ask Mike Keenan, retirement by the end of this season was the plan all along; the final year of the contract was just tacked on to lower the cap hit. We wonder if the league might look into that if Kiprusoff does indeed call it a career.)

As for the Leafs, general manager Dave Nonis has said he’s fine going into the playoffs with Reimer and Ben Scrivens as his netminding tandem.

Still, expect to hear more chatter about Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo going to Toronto, even though Luongo’s contract is a totally different animal.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I think it’s Luongo time for the Maple Leafs

    • timsabourin - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      no way brah

    • biasedhomer - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Gardiner + 2nd round pick for Luongo

      • timsabourin - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        GTFO

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Why would you give up anything to the Canucks? The Leafs will make the playoffs but are a year away from any sort of run, the Canucks will absolutely have to move one of the goalies in the summer, wait until the draft you can get him for nothing. Mike Gillis painted himself in a corner by guaranteeing they’d get a big return for Luongo.

      • shannysux - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        they will get nowhere close to that. His contract just makes him so much less valuable.

  2. leejpc - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Hey, have I got a Bryzgalov for you! Only 7 years left on his contract…relative bargain!!

    • leejpc - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Act now, and I’ll throw in a Briere and Shelly for free…all for the low, low price of cab fare to the airport…

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Not sure why the NHL would look into it, what’s the difference between this and any of the 10+ year contracts that were previously handed out? The NHL changed the CBA to limit them, you can’t punish a team now for following the rules that were previously in place.

    Add to that, what if he had decided to retire after only 2 years? What if he decided to play out the contract? What if he decided that he was going to play one more contract? You’re actually thinking the NHL should punish a team because their player retired? In that case shouldn’t the NHL punish the Flyers since the only reason Pronger’s career is still ongoing is that they don’t want that cap hit?

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