Leafs GM Nonis to speak to Kiprusoff directly

TSN.ca Staff
4/2/2013 9:51:54 AM
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A day after being granted permission to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff's agent Larry Kelly, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is expected to speak with Kiprusoff directly on Tuesday.

Nonis has been vocal about his interest in adding a veteran goaltender to play alongside James Reimer and Kiprusoff's name has been front and centre.  The Leafs reportedly discussed a contract extension with Kiprusoff's agent on Monday.

Kiprusoff, who was pulled during Monday's loss to the Oilers after allowing three goals on six shots, has one year remaining past this season on a six-year deal he signed prior to the 2008-09 season worth an average annual value of $5.8333 million.

The 36-year-old Finnish netminder has posted a 6-10-2 record in 18 games with the Flames this season. He has also posted an .868 save percentage and a 3.64 goals-against average.

Kiprusoff has spent the last nine season with the Flames after the team acquired him from the San Jose Sharks via trade.

In 617 career games with the Flames and Sharks, Kiprusoff has posted a 317-209-7-64 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .912 career save percentage. Kipprusoff has appeared in 56 career playoff games, posting a 25-28 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.32 goals-against average.

He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the fifth round (116th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

He won both the Vezina and William M. Jennings trophies in 2006 and led the Flames to Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kiprusoff has represented Finland internationally on several occasions, winning an Olympic bronze medal, two IIHF World Championship silvers and a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

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