CALGARY - Miikka Kiprusoff is used to shutting the door.
On nosy reporters, too.
On Tuesday, with the Calgary Flames in the Windy City to play the Blackhawks, reports emerged that, even if asked, the best goaltender this franchise has ever seen would refuse to report to any other team, despite the no-trade clause in his deal having expired. Further speculation then began to swirl that he’s already informed the team that he will not return to see out the final year of his current contract (and, taking a massive pay haircut down to $1.5 million, why on earth would he?).
Kiprusoff declined to comment following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Chicago and was stonewalling inquisitive post-game interrogation Wednesday.
“I’m not going to talk about it,” parried the netminder, who got the night off against Colorado in favour of Joey MacDonald. “It is what it is, the rumours and stuff going around. I’d rather speak about when I’m playing and what I’m trying to do to win the next game. That’s it.”
When pressed to confirm or deny that he would NOT report to another destination, Kiprusoff replied:
“Like I say, I’m not going to talk about it.
“We can leave it like this: I like it here, a lot. But like I say, I’m here with the Flames right now. And that’s it.”
One subject he would engage on is the pending trade of captain Jarome Iginla, all but finalized late last night. The mood in the building was one of nostalgia. One girl held up a sign: Jarome Iginla has been a Flame since before I was born and now I don’t get a chance to sway goodbye.
“That,” agreed Kiprusoff, “would be different. I’ve been playing with him a long time. It’s no big secret he’s a great teammate, a great captain and if he’s gone, of course it’s going to be disappointing.
“I don’t know how many years he’s been here? I don’t know what are the facts right now. I haven’t seen him today.
“Seeing his seat empty there ...
“But we don’t know. There’s been some rumours, so it wasn’t totally shocking.”
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