We did this last weekend with Jarome Iginla and it generated a lot of discussion so I figure it’s worth another go this week with Kipper.
As before, try to suggest trade scenarios which are within the realm of probability. Kipper’s not getting you first overall or Rick Nash (well…maybe Rick Nash) so keep it realistic. For some background on Kipper and the Flames goaltending situation as it stands, please refer to our previous article on the subject.
Context for Hypothetical Trades
– The market for starting goaltenders is somewhat limited. The good news is, Kipper’s NTC goes away in July so he won’t be able to veto any potential move. Potential target teams include Toronto, Columbus, Chicago, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.
– Kipper will turn 36 on October 26th this year. His cap hit is $5.833M, but his actual salary drops to $5M this season and just $1.5M the next.
– Although getting older, Kipper has nevertheless been one of the most durable goalies in the league since the lock-out.
– Roberto Luongo is likely to hit the trade market this summer as well, potentially muddying the waters.
Like the Iggy exercise, this isn’t designed to be a debate as to whether the Flames should or should not deal Kiprusoff – only what you would reasonably expect them to get in return if they did.
We will discuss specific potential packages/suggests for both players next weekend.