February 12, 2013
Flames move to pick up 'tender raises questions
By ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency
Either Miikka Kiprusoff’s injured knee is worse than the club has let on or the Calgary Flames made a highly questionable move by plucking career backup Joey MacDonald off waivers Monday.
Leland Irving obviously agrees, turning a mid-morning slap in the face into a 65-minute reminder there was no need to waste a valuable contract on the 33-year-old career backup who hasn’t played since mid-March due to a bulging disc.
Sure, if Irving was struggling or Kiprusoff’s sprained MCL wasn’t improving, the acquisition of MacDonald might make sense.
Then again, the Flames haven’t even given one of the AHL’s hottest goaltenders — recent signee Danny Taylor — a looksee, and have evidently decided he’s not worthy of it anytime soon.
Slack-jawed reporters who walk around the Dome looking lost at the best of times were particularly confused Monday, left only to speculate GM Jay Feaster had something else up his sleeve.