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UPDATE: Don't rule Miikka Kiprusoff out of the trade conversation quite yet. Contrary to earlier reports, the veteran goaltender isn't shutting the door on joining another squad altogether.
TSN's Darren Dreger reports Kiprusoff seems to be on board with joining a contender, now, if it's the right fit. And the 36-year-old isn't ruling out playing next year and beyond. So an extension could be in play with a potential new squad.
As first discussed in North America by Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, Kiprusoff has reportedly told the Flames he won't report with another team if dealt before the Apr. 3 deadline. The veteran netminder apparently cited family issues as the reason; a second son was born just over a week ago.
There's also talk -- and this bit is nothing new -- that Kiprusoff may choose to hang 'em up before next season. Carrying a cap hit of $5.83 million, the 36-year-old is owed only $1.5 million in real salary. There's a decent chance he may simply opt to retire.
Don't rule out the Toronto Maple Leafs from pursuing a goalie before next week's trade deadline. It's no secret the Leafs want to bring in a veteran presence in support of James Reimer. As one option, TSN's Darren Dreger suggests the Maple Leafs will at least ask about the availabilty of Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames.
"Lots of twitter noise about Leafs interest in Kiprusoff as reported on TSN. Of course Leafs will inquire IF he's available. Due diligence ... Don't confuse interest with current trade talks or offers. Toronto would like to add a vet goalie. IF Kipper is avail, calls will be made ..."
It's very likely Kirpusoff will be available once the Flames start to clean house, as anticipated. In addition to the 36-year-old goaltender and Jarome Iginla (as good as gone in most minds) defensemen Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, and forward Mike Cammalleri are also believed to be available for the right price.
While Kiprusoff carries a salary cap hit of $5.83 million in 2013-14 (his final contract year), he's only owed $1.5 million. So other more frugal teams may be interested in the vet as well.
***UPDATE: The Calgary Flames may not be able to move Miikka Kiprusoff after all. Despite the absence of a no-trade clause.