For the next several weeks, most trade rumors surrounding the Calgary Flames are going to be hovering around Jarome Iginla. And with the Flames looking all but out of the playoff race, and in serious need of future assets, you could probably expect that trade to finally take place this year.
But another Flames mainstay could be joining Iginla in leaving Calgary: Miikka Kiprusoff.
This season hasn’t been very good for Kiprusoff. That’s probably putting it mildly. He has struggled to stay healthy, making just 12 starts on the year. The fact that he’s been unable to stay healthy has prevented him from gaining any traction as far as his performance goes.
In those 12 starts, Kiprusoff has a 3.27 goals-against average and a save percentage of just .876. But the fact that he’s coming off of a season in which he posted a 2.35 GAA and a .921 save percentage. So teams aren’t really going to shy away, as long as he proves that he’s healthy.
Kiprusoff has been a very steady, durable goaltender over the course of his career. If the Flames believe they have an option that can carry the load in the event that Kiprusoff is sent off, then they could look to move him at the deadline.
The Flames aren’t going to go anywhere by the end of next season, when Kiprusoff’s contract expires. His trade value isn’t going to be terrific, due to his injury issues this season, but a contending team could still take a long look at him. If the Flames are able to move him, they may want to strongly consider it.