Reports out of Finland indicate that Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to retire.
Despite flashes of past brilliance, his stats this past year were the worst of all 30 starters. And while it’s a given his shoddy numbers are a byproduct of an awful defense core, his career years were clearly behind him. Kiprusoff declined to be dealt at the NHL Trade Deadline this past, choosing instead to finish his career off with the Flames, who did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was limited to 24 games by injury and performance, and he finished 8-14-2 with a 3.44 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.
Kiprusoff began his professional career with TPS in 1994, and was named the best goaltender and best player of the playoffs in 1999 as he led them to the SM-liiga championship. He moved to North America in 1999, and after two all-star seasons in the American Hockey League, made his NHL debut with the Sharks where he served primarily as a backup. A trade to Calgary in 2003–04 brought Kiprusoff into a starting role and he set a modern NHL record for lowest goals against average at 1.69 as he helped the Flames reach the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. He won theVezina Trophy as the best goaltender in the NHL in 2006 along with the William M. Jennings Trophy for giving up the fewest goals in the league. He played in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2007 and is the Flames franchise record holder in wins and shutouts.
Kiprusoff has a career record of 319-213-7-64 with a 2.49 GAA and .912 save percentage.
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