According to a press release on the NHL.com website, the Calgary Flames have announced that goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has officially retired.
The Kipper saga was one that seemed to drag on for months with no confirmation on whether or not the all-time Flames leader in wins was going to return this season. Back in the spring Kiprusoff announced via a Finnish reporter that he was in fact retiring but no official papers were submitted to the NHL. The Flames were also left in the dark on his decision and just last week when Brian Burke was hired on did we hear that a decision from their netminder was expected in the upcoming week.
So it’s official. The man who stymied the Oilers on numerous occassions, helping the Flames win games against Edmonton that they had no business winning is gone from the game. You would be hard pressed to find any Oilers’ fan that isn’t elated about this news as it further cements the Flames chances of having a dismal season.
A trade could be in the cards for the Flames to acquire a legitimate number one netminder, but with a rebuild in full force, it’s hard to imagine them giving up any of their prospects to do so. Then again, with Brian Burke now helping make decisions in Calgary, anything is possible.