Winger Jarome Iginla is willing to move to a new team – as long as it is the right team – as part of a Calgary Flames fire sale.
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff may not be so willing. Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos reported that Kiprusoff is threatening not to report to another team due to the recent birth of his second child.
Kiprusoff, who lacks no-movement language in his current contract, was more vague when the Calgary Herald asked him about all the trade rumors.
“I try to keep it simple, still. I try to help team here. Try to win games,” he said.
“Everything else is out of my control. So there’s no reason to think about it. At all. It’s NHL. Every year, it’s the same talk. A part of the game. My name is out there, too. But I can’t worry about it too much.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs could make a play for Kiprusoff as part of a last-ditch bid for the playoffs. So could the faraway Tampa Bay Lightning.
Kiprusoff has another year left on his deal, so that adds considerably to his trade value. He could help a contender next season without bringing along the contractual burden of, say, Robert Luongo.