Miikka Kiprusoff brushes off trade rumours
“I try to stay out of that,” shrugged the habitually-nonplussed goaltender of trade speculation. “I try to keep it simple, still. I try to help team here. Try to win games.
“Everything else is out of my control.
“So there’s no reason to think about it. At all. It’s NHL. Every year, it’s the same talk. A part of the game. My name is out there, too.
“But I can’t worry about it too much.”
Along with captain Jarome Iginla and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, Kiprusoff’s name is front and centre among the Calgary Flames on the trading block. This is, never forget, arguably the best puck-repeller of the world’s best league over the past decade.
Even at 36, he could be a difference-tipper for an ambitious organization looking to make a post-season splash.
Chicago is rumoured to be sniffing around. Toronto, too. Any team with Stanley Cup aspirations that needs shoring up between the pipes would be unbelievably daft not to at least inquire about the possibility.
With one year left on a deal that plummets to $1.5 million in 2013-2014 and his no-movement clause expired, the time has never seemed more ripe for the unthinkable prospect of the 2006 Vezina Trophy winner changing addresses.
“I’ve been traded once in my life” — from San Jose to the Flames back in 2003 — “and it was probably the best thing that happened in my hockey life,” Kiprusoff mused. “But, like I say, I just try to do my job here. That’s it.”