After his reported comments at the trade deadline, it seemed like a virtual certainty that Miikka Kiprusoff would call it a career this summer. It was just a matter of when he chose to do so. At this point, there still has yet to be an official announcement, but there have been some rumors that he told the Finnish media that he plans to retire.
Not on Jay Feaster‘s watch, however. While the Calgary Flames general manager has already said that he thought Kiprusoff was leaning towards retiring, and Kiprusoff apparently told the Finnish media that he had done just that, Feaster is reportedly trying to get Kiprusoff to stick around.
And when you look at Calgary’s situation in net, it isn’t hard to see why. Kiprusoff had an absolutely miserable season in 2013, but if he should retire, the Flames really have no one with any sort of starting experience to turn to. They’d have a career backup and a couple of goaltenders that have been playing over in Europe battling for the job.
Joey MacDonald, who has never really held a starting job anywhere in the league over an extended period of time, would likely be the favorite to take the job. There’s also Karri Ramo, who will sign a contract with the Flames when they’re able to officially do so in July, and Reto Berra.
Saying that Kiprusoff had a rough year in 2013 would be putting it lightly. He finished the year with an .882 save percentage and a 3.44 goals against average. A rough year for him, as the heavy load of starts over the years finally appeared to take its toll.
In the end, Kiprusoff will likely end up calling it a career. It’s all we’ve heard, basically going back to the trade deadline and it’d be tough to imagine he’d change his mind to the opposite at this point. But that’s not going to stop Jay Feaster from trying to keep his only franchise mainstay left around for at least another year.