After a disappointing season, the Calgary Flames may be geared towards a rebuild. And if that happens, Miikka Kiprusoff could garner great interest form teams looking to bolster their goaltending.
While Kiprusoff has been struggling this season, he could still demand a sizeable return based on previous play.
With his no-movement clause expiring at end of last season, Kiprusoff may not have a say whether or where he goes.
Or maybe not. Nick Kypreos is reporting that the Finnish goaltender has no interest in moving on due to family reasons. And he has already told the club’s management that if his rights are traded, he will not report to his new team. Further speculation has Kiprusoff foregoing the last year of his contract and retiring at the conclusion of this year.
While it’s unclear how much truth there is to Kypreos’ report, but if it’s true it sure is a great way to essentially regain that no-movement clause he lost.
The only way that Kiprusoff may consider a move out of Calgary, is if teams interested in acquiring the veteran puck-stopper offer him a two or three year contract extension.
If the Flames really want to trade their number one goalie, they will have to convince him and possibly work with another team on a sign-and-trade. They do not have any other alternative, aside from suspending him without pay. That is an unlikely scenario to take place.