Latest on the Flames and Jets – April 7, 2012.

Has Miikka Kiprusoff played his final game with the Flames? Could tonight be Olli Jokinen’s last game with them? Could the Jets be active in this summer’s free agent market? Read on for the latest.


Is this Kiprusoff's final season as a Flame?

CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: mused over the possibility goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff may have played his final game with the Flames, noting he’d be arguably their best trade chip if management decides to overhaul the roster this summer. Kiprusoff has two years remaining on his contract – his “no-movement” clause expires on July 1 – and gave no indication he’d like a change, but also added he understood the business side of things if management opted to move him.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Olli Jokinen’s agent acknowledged his client has been hampered by a debilitating mid-body injury which could account for his late-season struggles. Francis, however, cited a source who said it was a mild abdominal strain, not something which would hamper his play. Jokinen is a UFA this summer and management has to decide if they’ll re-sign him or look toward a cheaper, younger alternative.

Francis also recently dismissed speculation Flames ownership was meddling in management decisions.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding Kiprusoff, the Flames don’t have to rush out and move him this summer because he’s under contract for two more seasons, unlike team captain Jarome Iginla, who has only one season left and will become a UFA next summer. The Flames could peddle Iginla this summer and retain Kiprusoff.

As for Jokinen, the lack of depth in quality centers this summer on the UFA market means his absence could leave a big hole at center the Flames couldn’t suitably fill. He wants to re-sign with the Flames, but it could come down to how much they’re willing to invest and for how long.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are among the NHL richest teams this season. True North chairman Mark Chipman said the team would stick with its plan of developing their younger players, but wouldn’t rule out going out and signing some talent.

Kirk Penton meanwhile Tim Stapleton, a pending UFA, acknowledged he doesn’t have much control over being re-signed by the Jets, but is hoping he’ll be back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, the Jets will need to spend if they hope to sufficiently address their needs this summer, which would include adding depth at center. While I don’t expect them to go on a wild spending spree, they cannot maintain the status quo by only making modest signings as they did last summer. They certainly can’t use the excuse they can’t afford it.


  1. Emery just resigned. Also, I’m hearing Grossman is re-uping with Philly. Dammit! I was hoping both with hit the market.

  2. I personally think that right now is the time to move Kipper. With Tampa, Toronto, Islanders, Columbus, New Jersey (maybe), Washington (maybe), in need of goaltending this summer and pretty much nothing out there they could get a very nice return for him. I am looking at the Islanders and that 3rd OA pick (might take more or less than Kipper hard to tell).

    Again I hold Iggy until the deadline myself if they are going to move him, but they could also shop him and I’d say do it at the draft myself. Also I would let Olli walk, not because he has been bad, but because this roster needs space and to finish low. Overall I guess I am saying that let Olli go and try to see if Kipper/Iggy can get you into the early part of the draft with some prospects involved.

    Winnipeg needs to do something and something big. Maybe they throw money at Parise, Suter, or even Jokinen if he walks to try and get some impact and depth in. I’d gladly give them Tim Connolly for a 3rd! 😉

  3. I’ve done a lot of talking about Calgary on this forum quite a bit.

    Now; what I’m questioning, is why win out your last two games of the season and jump from 11th pick to 14th. The difference in three slots under 20 is pretty big.

    One way or another, it is FINALLY time for some change. Jerome has one year left, get a first and a big time prospect and resign him next season to finish his career in Calgary. Now depending on what you want to do; trade Kipper for another massive return, sign Vokoun and give Irving ~35-40 starts next year to see if this kid’s for real.

    Get rid of Bouwmeester, and if they do a free buyout, make sure Matt Stajan’s looking at the unemployment line. With those four players, you really change the dynamic of your team, open up +21.5 million… you can sign people short term until there’s real talent in the organization or in free agency (2013 has people like Getz, who has a history in Calgary).

    I am more looking forward to the off-season.