Miikka Kiprusoff will remain in Calgary and may retire at the end of the season, sources tell TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Despite a dreadful .868 save percentage, Kiprusoff had been targeted by Toronto as a potential veteran backup for James Reimer.
Kiprusoff is 36 years old and is signed through next season. However, his salary falls to just $1.5 million in the final year of his six-year, $35 million contract.
(And if you ask Mike Keenan, retirement by the end of this season was the plan all along; the final year of the contract was just tacked on to lower the cap hit. We wonder if the league might look into that if Kiprusoff does indeed call it a career.)
As for the Leafs, general manager Dave Nonis has said he’s fine going into the playoffs with Reimer and Ben Scrivens as his netminding tandem.
Still, expect to hear more chatter about Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo going to Toronto, even though Luongo’s contract is a totally different animal.