The Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly gotten permission to talk to Miikka Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff doesn't have a no trade clause, but there's been reports that he'd refuse to play if Calgary trades him. With that in mind, the Maple Leafs probably want to know where he stands on the matter and, if possible, warm him to the idea of playing in Toronto. As successful a career as Kiprusoff has had, frankly James Reimer has been the better goaltender this season and could use the playoff experience, so if the Leafs are getting Kiprusoff to serve as the starter, then it's a loss for Toronto regardless of what they actually give Calgary. That being said, if Kiprusoff is brought on to serve primarily as a mentor for Reimer and a fallback option should Reimer falter, then it would be a solid addition to the team. It's worth noting that Kiprusoff is signed through 2013-14 with an average annual cap hit of $5,833,333, so he wouldn't merely be a rental.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 07:46:00 PM