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Miikka Kiprusoff reportedly tells Flames he'd refuse to report to new team if traded

Flames goaltedner Miikka Kiprusoff. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

Flames goaltedner Miikka Kiprusoff. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 PM ET

CHICAGO - As if the Calgary Flames firesale didnít have enough intrigue.

With seemingly every Flames player on the market between now and the NHLís April 3 trade deadline, goalie Miikka Kiprusoff may have put an interesting wrench into the situation.

Kiprusoff, one of many veterans the subject of trade rumours for a team which appears destined to miss the playoffs a fourth consecutive season, has reportedly told the team he wonít report to any other club if heís traded.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reported the story.

Kiprusoff, who has one more season on his contract, became a father again just over a week ago with the birth of a son, Oskar.

The veteran netminder, who turned 36 in October, signed a six-year, US$35-million contract which kicked in at the start of the 2008-09 season. His final year is worth $1.5 million, with a $5.83-million cap hit, and itís been speculated for years he wonít play that season.

To his credit, Kiprusoff was strong in Tuesdayís clash with the Chicago Blackhawks, stopping 33 shots in the 2-0 loss.

He had 25 saves through the first two periods. At the second intermission, the Flames were down by just a pair of goals and having been outshot by a 27-9 count at the United Center.

In some rinks, shot totals are inflated for the home team. Not the case this time.


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