Report: Miikka Kiprusoff announces retirement
UPDATE: Nick Kypreos is now reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets will seek permission to speak with Kiprusoff in hope sof talking him out of retirment. It appears unlikely that Kiprusoff will change his mind.
Miikka Kiprusoff has officially announced his retirement from the NHL. The long-time Flames goaltender was expected to announce his retirement at the end of the 2013 season and made it official today, telling the Finnish press that he was done. Kiprusoff became the 27th goalie to record 300 career wins in February 2012 and was a key piece, if not the key piece, in the Flames' run to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2003-04 season. Kiprusoff started 24 games for the Flames last season, putting up a record of 8-14-2 with an .882 save percentage and a 3.44 goals against average.
His best season came in the 2005-06 season where he went 40-24-9 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.07 GAA and won the Vezina Trophy.