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April 8, 2012 | 10:20am ET
Will Kiprusoff be back with the Flames?

Veteran netminder Miikka Kiprusoff may be hoping to return to the Flames next season, though the team might consider trading him to kickoff their off-season retooling and improve their Stanley Cup chances.

According to the Calgary Herald, the 35-year-old has a no-movement clause set to expire this off-season in his contract and speculation suggests the eventual possibility of the club offering him on the trade market in order to acquire prospects or draft picks.

"Well, I have two more years on my contract," Kiprusoff said. "I haven't heard any different, so hopefully...

"What's in my mind to come back and try to help this team again."

Many believe Flames management should hold a discussion with veteran players, such as captain Jarome Iginla and Kiprusoff, to see if either are open to being traded to a Cup contender to allow the Flames to engage in a rebuild and forget their third straight season out of playoff contention.

"A pretty disappointing season," Kiprusoff added. "We came here and our goal was to make the playoffs. It didn't happen, so it's tough."

However, some could argue that Kiprusoff is the reason why the Flames were able to climb out the standings, sitting in ninth place just five points out of a playoff berth, after posting a .921 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average in 70 games.

"He's our heart and soul," left wing Curtis Glencross said. "Our backbone. He's the one who gives us a chance to win most nights."

As for now, the veteran goalie is expected to remain in Calgary, where his family has established itself, though a trip to Finland is likely later on this summer.

"My son is in school, so we're going to stick around here even after when we're done," he said. "But for sure I'm going to go back home and see my family."

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