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Kiprusoff to remain in Calgary, likely retire after season

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TSN.ca Staff
4/3/2013 8:00:41 PM
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Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff appears to be off the market.

The 36-year-old Finnish netminder had been central to trade speculation, especially surrounding the possibility of a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, sources indicate that Kiprusoff will stay in Calgary for the duration of 2012-13 and retire at the end of the season.

Although he does not currently possess a no-trade or no-movement clause in his contract, Kiprusoff was believed to be hesitant to leave the Flames, due to the recent birth of his second child.

"I met with Kipper this morning and Kipper indicated that he really would like to remain with the Calgary Flames," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. "From his perspective given the family situation and the new baby, he just doesn't feel that he's ready to move on, that he didn't want to go to another organization (and) that he would like to finish things here," he said. "I think the world of him. I love the competitor that he is. This has been a hard time. The reality of it is that there are a lot of difficult circumstances here."

The Maple Leafs were granted permission to speak with Kiprusoff and his representatives Tuesday and had constant contact with both his agent and Feaster. Kiprusoff's decision to stay in Calgary is believed to have been made Wednesday.

"The team that continued to be interested was Toronto so I entered into discussions a with Dave Nonis and ultimately gave Toronto permission to speak with Miikka and his agent, Larry Kelly," said Feaster.

Dreger further reported that Kiprusoff told the Leafs Tuesday that he was keen on a trade. Dreger added that the Leafs are reportedly not upset about the development and respect the netminder's decision.

"Miikka was clear that he didn't want to lead Toronto on, that he didn't want to go there if his heart wasn't 100 per cent set on it and committed to it," Feaster said. "Again, in having the conversation with Miikka today, we made the decision that we're going to keep Miikka Kiprusoff here. He is a member of the Calgary Flames."

Kiprusoff has posted a 6-10-2 record in 18 games with the Flames this season. He has also posted an .868 save percentage and a 3.64 goals-against average.

He has one year remaining beyond this season on a six-year deal he signed prior to the 2008-09 season worth an average annual value of $5.8333 million. However, his salary for the 2013-14 season is slated to be just $1.5 million.

Kiprusoff has spent the last nine seasons with the Flames after the team acquired him from the San Jose Sharks via trade.

In 617 career games with the Flames and Sharks, Kiprusoff has posted a 317-209-64 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .912 career save percentage. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the fifth round (116th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

He won both the Vezina and William M. Jennings trophies in 2006 and led the Flames to Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kiprusoff has represented Finland internationally on several occasions, winning an Olympic bronze medal, two IIHF World Championship silvers and a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Miikka Kiprusoff (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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