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Flames goalie prospect: ‘Nobody can replace’ Kiprusoff


With Miikka Kiprusoff no longer with the Calgary Flames – his retirement was announced earlier this week – the opportunity for a young goalie to take hold of the starting job is wide open.

Kiprusoff is originally from Turku, Finland. There’s a Finnish goalie currently in the Flames camp, and that would be Karri Ramo. As Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald reports, there are four candidates to take over from Kiprusoff, including Ramo, Reto Berra, Joey MacDonald, and  Joni Ortio.

No pressure, right?

“Because I don’t think it’s the pressure of being Miikka — nobody can replace him,” Ramo told the Calgary Herald.

“Obviously, nobody can be the new Kiprusoff. But to be a go-to guy here — or anywhere in the (National Hockey League)? It’s a high-pressure spot. It would be the same thing even if Miikka was here. You would still feel the pressure (because) you would want to beat him.

“But you can’t think about him. Like, ‘Oh, Kiprusoff would have made this save and I couldn’t make it.’ You have to be yourself and play your game.

Kiprusoff, who turns 37 years of age in October, joined the Flames for the 2003-04 season and then backstopped that team to within one win of a Stanley Cup championship.

Following the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, Kiprusoff played 70 or more games a season in each of the last seven seasons prior to the 2012-13 lockout.

Ramo, 27, signed with the Flames in July. He has 48 games of NHL experience, all coming with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

‘Pisses me off’: Galiardi peeved at Calgary’s last-place projections


One of the newest Calgary Flames isn’t happy with pundits picking his team to finish in the basement this season.

“It kinda pisses me off when I hear people say all these negative things, ‘Oh yeah, have fun finishing last,’ stuff like that, even from people from Calgary,” TJ Galiardi told the Calgary Sun. “People like that should just not bother talking.”

The 25-year-old winger, acquired from San Jose in July, is one of the new faces on a team that finished 25th in the league last season.

Other new faces include David Jones and Shane O’Brien (Galiardi’s former Colorado teammates), ex-Blues defenseman Kris Russell, a slew of rookies and a pair of goalies (Reto Berra, Karri Ramo) looking to replace recently-retired Miikka Kiprusoff.

The point is the Flames will be decidedly different from last year.

As such, Galiardi sees no reason to have low expectations.

“I don’t really care what the media says about where we’re going to finish and stuff like that. I don’t want to go out there and lose games,” Galiardi added. “I didn’t come here to do that, and I’m going to personally do everything I can to make sure we don’t.

“And I know there are 20-plus guys that are going to do the same thing.”

Poll: Where should Tim Thomas land?


Free agent goalie Tim Thomas is reportedly zeroing in on his preferred NHL destination, but who knows if he’ll really make the best decision. He’s made some polarizing choices in the past, after all.

Still, when you consider his impressive resume, goalie-poor teams would be wise to give him a look. So let’s discuss where he should land.

Before you vote, note that many teams were canceled out because they have an incumbent No. 1 and/or the squad has been taken out of the mix (example: the New York Islanders).

Sure, some of these teams might make more sense than others, but that’s for you to decide.

Calgary – With Miikka Kiprusoff officially retired, the Flames have a crater-sized hole in net and new exec Brian Burke loves his American players. That being said, Thomas might not want to play for a team that’s finally embracing a rebuild.

Colorado – The Avalanche have two goalies locked up, but only for 2013-14. If any head coach would want to roll the dice with a high-risk, high-reward netminder, it would probably be Patrick Roy. This team has some intriguing sleeper potential and Thomas lives in the area, so the idea at least makes some sense on paper.

Florida – Thomas already made a lot of sense in Sunrise even before Scott Clemmensen’s injury. Now it looks even better, especially since the Panthers would gain more breathing room to develop Jacob Markstrom, whose contract is two-way in 2013-14 before going one-way the following season. Like Calgary, the bigger hurdle might be convincing Thomas to play for a struggling team.

Winnipeg – Of all these listed teams, knocking off the Jets’ No. 1 might be the toughest; the organization might find it difficult to stomach watching a $3.9 million goalie sitting on the bench. Still, Pavelec’s numbers look more like those of a backup netminder, and you have to wonder how much longer the honeymoon will last in Winnipeg.

Again, these aren’t ideal situations, yet they likely make the most sense for Thomas. (Feel free to dissent in the comments.) With all that in mind, pick the place that makes the most sense.

PHT Morning Skate: Greene ready to play after elbow surgery

Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings in action against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
(June 8, 2012 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene feels “ready to go” after having elbow surgery over the summer. (LA Kings Insider)

Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, and Sergei Bobrovsky talk about the possibility of playing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. (ESPN.com)

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) expected to start the 2013-14 campaign on the sidelines, Ryan Smyth might temporarily move up a bit in the depth charts and even get a bit of power-play ice time. (Edmonton Journal)

Philadelphia Flyers prospect Mark Alt suffered a concussion during a rookie game on Monday. The 21-year-old defenseman is entering his first full pro season after spending three seasons with the University of Minnesota. (CSN Philly)

New Jersey Devils goaltending prospect Keith Kinkaid admitted that he was “pretty upset” when he first heard about the Cory Schneider trade, but he’s focused on developing in the minors until he gets his shot. (The Bergen Record)

Looking back at Miikka Kiprusoff’s career as an NHL goaltender. (Flames.nhl.com)

End of an era: Flames announce Kiprusoff retirement

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The Calgary Flames bid farewell to one of the greatest players in franchise history on Monday, announcing that goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has officially retired.

Here’s the statement from Flames GM Jay Feaster:

“Miikka Kiprusoff has been the backbone of the Calgary Flames since his arrival here in 2003, and every night for more than 70-nights per season, his magnificence between the pipes gave the team a chance to win.

“He inspired hope and confidence, and he made those around him better players as a result of his brilliance.

“Miikka will take his place in the pantheon of great NHL goaltenders, and his place in Flames’ history is secure. He will be missed by players, teammates and fans, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

In the release, Feaster also explained that Kiprusoff wanted to finish his career as a Flame — thus explaining why he wasn’t moved at last year’s trade deadline — and that the Flames organization wanted to give the 36-year-old Finn all the time he needed to finalize his decision.

“Had we been prepared to accept Miikka’s position back in April we could have announced his retirement at the end of the season,” Feaster explained. “We purposely chose to wait and give him more time to ensure this was the course he wanted to take.

“In returning to Calgary this month he advised us that his decision remained the same, and that he was retiring as a player.”

Acquired from San Jose in 2003 for a second-round pick, Kiprusoff arrived in Calgary with little fanfare but quickly emerged as a bonafire All-Star.

He backstopped the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final — losing in seven games to Tampa Bay — and his 2005-06 campaign will go down as one of the finest in franchise history.

Kiprusoff compiled a 42-20-11 record with a 2.07 GAA and .923 save percentage that season, capturing the Vezina and Jennings Trophies, along with a spot on the NHL’s First All-Star team.

He was also nominated for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

All told, Kiprusoff played nine seasons for Calgary and finishes as the Flames all-time leader in wins (305); games played (576) and shutouts (41).

“I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. There is no better place to live and play,” he said. “I look forward to taking the next year with my family to enjoy everything wonderful about southern Alberta.”

Related: Goalie Ramo is wild card for Calgary