The Calgary Flames have already seen a couple of key pieces of their roster find new homes in the past couple of weeks. First, it was Jarome Iginla a few days before the trade deadline, before Jay Bouwmeester followed. That left this team with very few recognizable names.
That list could grow during the summer, as this looks to be the last stand of Miikka Kiprusoff with the club. No matter what route he ends up going this summer, this season looks to be his last in Calgary.
The Flames shopped Kiprusoff pretty heavily heading into the trade deadline, but they were unable to reach an agreement. There was no indication that Kiprusoff was willing to waive his no-trade clause, and teams didn’t want to pay a lot for him, given the numbers he has put up in 2013.
Kiprusoff is on pace to have one of the worst seasons in league history for a starting goaltender. He’s currently the not-so-proud owner of a 3.55 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. Simply awful. Even with that, the Toronto Maple Leafs had still talked with Kiprusoff, trying to convince him to waive his NTC to join them in the playoff race.
His contract does go through next season, but returning to the Flames next season doesn’t seem like a realistic option at this point. He could end up trading, likely to a team looking for a veteran backup, even with the cap hit that he does bring to the table. Another option is retirement.
Kiprusoff is reportedly considering retirement after the season. He’s 36 and has a lot of mileage, but it was still somewhat surprising to hear that retirement was going to be a possibility for him. Either way, it doesn’t look like the Flames should expect to have him back in Calgary next season.