Not many things went right for the Calgary Flames during the 2013 season, and picking one player who disappointed the most seems like a tough task. Offensive players occasionally struggled to find the back of the net, defensemen struggled to keep pucks out of their own end and young prospects struggled to live up to lofty expectations. Amid all that mess, one player was easily the biggest underachiever during the season. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff not only had a hard time staying healthy, but put together one of the worst seasons of his career when he wasn’t sidelined. What made matters even worse was that this season is rumored to be Kiprusoff’s last in Calgary (and North America), which leaves fans with the lingering memory of him at his worst.
Kiprusoff played in 24 games this season, and managed only eight wins. That total was equaled by journeyman Joey MacDonald, who was signed shortly after Kiprusoff’s injury – and he only needed 21 games to get eight wins. The Flames also saw Kiprusoff record the worst marks of his Calgary career in goals-against average (3.44) and save percentage (.882), and it was his only season with the Flames in which he did not record a shutout.
The Flames have for many seasons relied on the strong netminding of Kiprusoff to keep them in playoff contention, and this season he just wasn’t up to the task. The team finished the season with decent rankings in goals per game (11th), power play percentage (9th) and penalty kill percentage (14th), making it even harder to take some of the blame off of their goaltender. If Kiprusoff really is done, he leaves behind some great memories in Calgary but could not have gone out on a more sour note. There’s probably still a place in the rafters for his jersey someday, but he was without a doubt the most disappointing member of the Flames this season.