Kipper announces his retirement...kinda

Kent Wilson
June 25 2013 09:57AM

 

Casually announcing his retirement after a 10 year stint that saw him become perhaps the best goaltender in franchise history is so very Kiprusoff. Of course, this is translated from a Finnish news source and isn't what you'd call official, so we can't say for certain this is a reality yet.

Another strange twist is the apparent interest of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Kipper despite his public interest in hanging up the pads. According to Nick Kypreos, Columbus has asked the Flames if they can speak to Kiprusoff and convince him not to retire.

It's a somewhat odd a choice for a franchise that has the latest Vezina winner in net. In addition, Kipper will cost almost $6M in cap space to retain (although his actual price dips to just $1.5M). It could be that Finnish GM Jarmo Kekalianen has an affinity for Kipper and figures he can buy low on a guy who can bounce back and be a worthwile back-up and mentor to Sergei Bobrovsky.

Still, I don't really see Miikka deciding to stay in the game for Columbus. If he does, though, maybe the Flames can move him for one of Columbus' late picks this year.

We'll save our farewell posts for when Kipper officially retires or gets traded.

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#1 KetchupKid
June 25 2013, 11:38AM
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What a rockstar. Don't ever change Kipper.

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#2 Burnward
June 25 2013, 10:08AM
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Gotta love Kipper, I imagine he made that comment with a beer in one hand, smoke in the other.

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#3 Colin.S
June 25 2013, 10:18AM
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I love how Eric Francis is calling this retirement and announcement of said retirement as a slap in the face to the Flames, like the circus around the trade deadline day wasn't a slap in the face to Kipper either.

Either way, Thanks to Kipper for all he's done to this team.

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#4 The Last Big Bear
June 25 2013, 10:11AM
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Rumor has Bobrovsky being offered somewhere in the region of ten million bones per year in the KHL.

If someone is offering your goalie a cheque with that many zeroes on it, you probably want to have a Plan B.

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#5 Kevin R
June 25 2013, 11:33AM
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Kipper was the best goalie ever to don Flames pads & I liked Mikey too. He gave me & my kids a thrill none of us will ever forget in 2004. There were saves in that Vanc series alone that defied human anatomy. It's too bad we couldn't build anything special around generational players like Iggy & Kipper after 2004.

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#7 bookofloob
June 25 2013, 10:02AM
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It's Kipper's destiny to retire as a Blue Jacket

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#8 Rockmorton65
June 25 2013, 10:09AM
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Nice use of the Vader voice BoL! Lol

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#10 schevvy
June 25 2013, 10:37AM
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Kipper is awesome. Him and Iggy made the Flames relevant again. Wish him the best. Also, we will never see him again, other than when he gets his number raised to the rafters

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#11 FireOnIce
June 25 2013, 10:53AM
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Wouldn't that be something, if Kipper went to CBJ and won them a Cup next season? Real slap in the face to CGY there.

Wish him all the best on his ice fishing adventures, in his vodka drinking, and cigarette smoking. Kipper was smoking 3 butts at one time before Carey Price was even born.

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#12 Burnward
June 25 2013, 10:54AM
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@schevvy

The "Where Are They Now" on him in 20 years will be awesome. Giant red beard, hand made log cabin in the woods of Finland. Can't wait.

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#13 Ryan Pike
June 25 2013, 11:03AM
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Flames just released a statement:

“As we indicated when we addressed the media on June 14th, having just spoken with Miikka at that time, we realized that if pushed for an answer Miikka would have said that he was finished with his professional career. In light of our most recent meeting with him, the statement attributed to him by the Finnish National Team does not come as a surprise. However, as we have said consistently, we will continue our dialogue with Miikka.”

Calgary Flames General Manager Jay Feaster

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#14 Graham
June 25 2013, 11:17AM
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Other than pride, there is no incentive for Kipper to play out next season for the $1 million in actual salary. Best of luck Kipper!

If he retires, does Calgary still get hit with his 'cap hit' next season? (is he technically still under contract?)

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#15 schevvy
June 25 2013, 11:24AM
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@Graham

His cap hit comes off the books when he retires.

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#16 RKD
June 25 2013, 11:35AM
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Let's wait and see, we all thought Iginla was heading to Boston only to have Feaster surprise everyone by announcing he was traded to the Pens.

Sounds like CBJ isn't too confident about Bobrovsky's loyalty. The KHL is ready to throw boatloads of money at him. Kipper would be a good back up and mentor to him in CBJ.

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#17 Kevin R
June 25 2013, 11:37AM
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Holy peee batman!! Flyers announced they are buying out Bryzgalov!!! How does Holmgren not have concrete boots after that lovely contract. Wow! Luongo next? Philly in the market for a goalie now?

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#18 FireOnIce
June 25 2013, 12:09PM
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If Columbus is interested in giving Kipper big $$$ to be their goalie, Calgary should be all up on trading him for a pick. Make it conditional on him signing. Just take the deal from the Leafs and transpose it on CBJ.

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#19 Jeff In Lethbridge
June 25 2013, 02:44PM
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@Ryan Pike

I am pretty sure that quote by king is missing the last part, where he says, "Kipper is the best flame not playing in the NHL"

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#20 Jeff In Lethbridge
June 25 2013, 02:49PM
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Graham wrote:

Other than pride, there is no incentive for Kipper to play out next season for the $1 million in actual salary. Best of luck Kipper!

If he retires, does Calgary still get hit with his 'cap hit' next season? (is he technically still under contract?)

i k ow its not the same as 6 mil, but 1.5 mil is still not all bad... but i think he retired last year already... he would need to mind shift to Matrix proportions to get back into the grove.

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#21 Jeff In Lethbridge
June 25 2013, 02:50PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Flames just released a statement:

“As we indicated when we addressed the media on June 14th, having just spoken with Miikka at that time, we realized that if pushed for an answer Miikka would have said that he was finished with his professional career. In light of our most recent meeting with him, the statement attributed to him by the Finnish National Team does not come as a surprise. However, as we have said consistently, we will continue our dialogue with Miikka.”

Calgary Flames General Manager Jay Feaster

Thanks Feaster, now its all clear as mud

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#22 JCDavies
June 25 2013, 03:04PM
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@Kent Wilson

"That's true...it's just that Kipper isn't a very good one. 37-year old coming off the worst performance of his life with a cap hit that far outstrips his value."

I don't get this. Why would a non-cap team like Columbus be concerned with the cap hit?

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#23 RexLibris
June 25 2013, 03:18PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

I am pretty sure that quote by king is missing the last part, where he says, "Kipper is the best flame not playing in the NHL"

Very funny.

But isn't that Feaster's line?

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#24 please cancel acct
June 25 2013, 05:14PM
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Sounds to me like Kipper did retire at the end of last year but management has begged him to please consider getting us a draft pick, for your rights, should you decide to change your mind.

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#25 House
June 25 2013, 09:36PM
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My favourite memory of #34 was Game 2 of the 2004 Western Conference Quarter finals in Vancouver. Talk about silent confidence. RESPECT from that day on. Long live the Ice Man, and long live our memories of who is to-date our greatest Gatekeeper. Thanks for the memories, Miikka!!!!!!!

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#26 McRib
June 25 2013, 10:08PM
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This whole situation has been handled horribly it would actually surprise me if things end smoothly and the Flames just let him retire... Teams must be offering Calgary a fairly decent return for us to drag him in the mud again like this, after the Toronto fiasco. Imagine if we somehow could get Columbus's second rounder for him, which is basically a first this year. It seems other teams have a higher value than most in Calgary do for Kipper..

Only semi related but what a bazaar move from Toronto to acquire Jonathan Bernier??? What is TOs fanatical need to get another goalie??? Reimer is already better than Bernier by a long shot. Not a fan of Bernier at all to be honest, he reminds me of Anders Lindback when he was with Nashville he put up good numbers against mediocre opponents as the backup. Not to mention I am a big fan of Matt Frattin, think he easily has Top Six potential and a second this year... Plus Ben Scrivens can put up similar numbers in favorable action as the backup in LA.

What a wasted trade for Toronto, if I was Reimer I would be pissed!!

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#27 Burnward
June 25 2013, 11:50PM
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@McRib

Great trade for the Leafs. Bernier will be a stud.

Not sure what our equivalent would be, but I make that trade every day.

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#28 Kevin R
June 26 2013, 11:20AM
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McRib wrote:

This whole situation has been handled horribly it would actually surprise me if things end smoothly and the Flames just let him retire... Teams must be offering Calgary a fairly decent return for us to drag him in the mud again like this, after the Toronto fiasco. Imagine if we somehow could get Columbus's second rounder for him, which is basically a first this year. It seems other teams have a higher value than most in Calgary do for Kipper..

Only semi related but what a bazaar move from Toronto to acquire Jonathan Bernier??? What is TOs fanatical need to get another goalie??? Reimer is already better than Bernier by a long shot. Not a fan of Bernier at all to be honest, he reminds me of Anders Lindback when he was with Nashville he put up good numbers against mediocre opponents as the backup. Not to mention I am a big fan of Matt Frattin, think he easily has Top Six potential and a second this year... Plus Ben Scrivens can put up similar numbers in favorable action as the backup in LA.

What a wasted trade for Toronto, if I was Reimer I would be pissed!!

I gotta say, my seats at the Dome are 3rd row to Kippers left(now underwater) & Kipper looked amazing the last few games of the year he played. We discussed how this guy still has compete in his blood. His numbers may have dropped last year, potentially due to injury & lockout reasons. But this guy still has the God given skills & 36 years of age is not too old for elite goalies. Everyone wrote off Brodeur in the Vanc Olympics, what did he do the next year, but carry Jersey to the Finals.

Now, with new management, Iggy & JBO traded, the trade attempt while his family was in crisis, the $$$ of next years contract way lower, the team heading to be lower 3rd in the league. Add new goalies who will get starts over him & you get a once franchise goalie getting put out to pasture, well now no wonder he is pulling the pin. So, now what if a fellow Fin GM convinces him they want to ride him into next year & would like to extend his contract 2-3 years too boot. He convinces Kipper they are not a rebuild team but a proven playoff team now. I find it hard to believe Kipper doesn't want the chance for playoff hockey again, he just needs the right situation. In this situation, I think maybe one of Columbus's late 1sts could be had. I know I'm a dreamer but maybe this is why the Flames don't want to announce the retirement yet. Sure would love to know someone who drinks beers with Kipper to really see if he just doesn't want to play at a high level anymore or whether he is just pissed at his situation here in Calgary. I believe Kipper still has a few good seasons in him, if he wants to play.

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#29 wattree
June 26 2013, 12:54PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Because it's a really inefficient use of cap hit I guess. Maybe they won't be close to the cap and that won't matter this year, but there doesn't seem to be enough upside in my eyes to bother investing that much cap room in a rapidly aging back-up goalie.

unless they are worried about getting to the floor like NYI did with the Thomas contraxt last year

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