Is Miikka Kiprusoff The Back Up Plan If Bobrovsky Goes To The KHL?

I haven’t seen any official announcement of the retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff, but Fansided’s own FlameForThought.com found some evidence that it may be coming shortly.

 

To add more speculation to this story, check out the tweets from Rob Kunz of WBNS-10TV. Is Columbus already knocking on the door of Miikka Kiprusoff to pull him out of retirement, a retirement that hasn’t even been officially announced?

 

Mar 11, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff (34) against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Flames defeated the Wild 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

I understand that Columbus would want a back up plan for the possibility that Bobrovsky goes to the KHL, but do we really want Kiprusoff? The Finnish goaltender is 36 years old, and just had the worst season of his career. I wouldn’t blame Kipper for retiring or even asking for a trade. He does have one year left on his contract, worth a little more than $5.8 million. Not a horrible contract to pick up, but why would any team other than Calgary want to acquire a goaltender who is already considering retirement? Especially a young and upcoming team!

I would hope that Columbus could come up with a better back up plan, and even if it is just a tactic to scare Bobrvosky and his agent, couldn’t they pick a better target?  What is next? Columbus heading over to see Ilya Bryzgalov? Oh wait that was mentioned as well…

 

I am hoping that this is all just a bad dream, and the Blue Jackets aren’t serious about Kipper or Ilya as a back up plan for Bobrovsky. I don’t think fans will see that as a good move and Jarmo will catch some serious flack. So lets pray to the hockey gods that this is just some harmless twitter fun.

 

Topics: Columbus Blue Jackets

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