NHL trade rumors: Maple Leafs interested in Miikka Kiprusoff

Doug Pensinger

The Toronto Maple Leafs are apparently interested in seeing how much the Calgary Flames want for goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are intending to inquire about the availability of Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

With Calgary believed to be on the verge of trading captain Jarome Iginla, it appears as though the team is moving toward a rebuild. If that's the case, there is little need for a 36-year-old goaltender with one year remaining on his contract following the completion of this season.

In terms of Toronto, Dreger states that the club hasn't actively pursued Kiprusoff but will likely kick the tires on what the price of such a deal would run. General manager Dave Nonis made it clear earlier this season that the organization was looking to add a veteran goaltender to help James Reimer.

While many believed Roberto Luongo was that goaltender (likely to supplant Reimer, not help him), the addition of Kiprusoff would seemingly be a more logical fit if Reimer is viewed as the goalie of the future. Kiprusoff carries an annual average value of $5.8 million against the salary cap through next season, while Luongo is tied to a $5.3 million hit through the 2021-22 season.

In addition, Kiprusoff's real-dollar salary next season is $1.5 million.

The snag in any deal with the Flames is the asking price. Calgary is likely going to want young prospects or draft picks, which Nonis previously stated he wasn't interested in dealing. Of course, this is all dependent upon Flames general manager Jay Feaster's willingness to move Kiprusoff, something which has only been speculated about.

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