The veteran goaltender, a native of Finland, has one-year remaining in his six-year, $35 million contract. It was suggested that for the right price, Calgary might be willing to move him, and that the Toronto Maple Leafs could be a taker.
However, as quickly as the rumors surfaced, they came to a standstill. On Tuesday night, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported that if the Flames do choose to trade Kiprusoff, he won't report to his new team citing family reasons. Those family reasons probably have something to do with his new baby son and second child, Oscar.
If that isn't enough reason for the Kipper trade rumors to come to a halt, on Wednesday morning, it was suggested that the 36-year old goaltender may not be in an NHL uniform at all next season. Former Flames coach Mike Keenan told Brady & Lang of Sportsnet 590 The Fan that during contract negotiations, it was known that Kiprusoff had no intentions of playing out the final year of his contract.
According to Keenan, Kiprusoff instead plans to return to Finland. Set to pay him $1.5 million, the final year is in fact a significant drop from the $5 million dollar salary he received in the first five years.
"I'm assuming he hasn't changed his mind," Keenan said. "Unless somebody throws an opportunity to him with an incredible contract of some kind, I think he'll just play out the next 30 days and go home."
These reports have yet to be confirmed by the Flames or Kiprusoff, but if they are indeed true, Keenan is probably right. With a new baby boy in the picture, it doesn't look like Kipper is going anywhere but home.