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Kiprusoff back between the pipes for now

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown...

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary, Alta. on April 4,2013. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

CALGARY - Miikka Kiprusoff may go into retirement after this season.

The Calgary Flames netminder, however, won't do it 13 games early.

Kiprusoff, who was in the middle of all sorts of trade talk leading up to the deadline and was courted by the Toronto Maple Leafs but said he didn't want to be dealt and had his wishes granted by the Flames, is slated to return to the net when his team is back in action Friday in San Jose against the Sharks.

Head coach Bob Hartley said as much after his team's skate.

"He said that?" Kiprusoff responded when told of the head coach's words. "All right, then I am."

The Flames have a baker's dozen worth of games remaining, with mathematical elimination from playoff contention the next oncoming train in what's been a dismal and disappointing campaign.

They were nine points outside of a playoff spot prior to Thursday's action, so it's just a matter of time before they're officially dusted.


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