Mikka Kiprusoff is open to a trade to Toronto. Still wants adjustment on his contract for next season. #transactions2013
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) April 2, 2013
My thoughts on Kiprusoff are well-known. I just wanted to put the thought out there before anything concrete happens in this un-ending “will the Leafs find a goalie they don’t need” saga. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to discuss any form of extension for Kiprusoff until July 1, when he’d have one year left on his current contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs would not be able to adjust Kiprusoff’s $5.83-million salary cap hit next season.
Basically, what Toronto can do is trade for Kiprusoff and sign him to his desired extension but that would only go into effect in Miikka Kiprusoff’s 38-year old season, after the summer Kiprusoff is an unrestricted free agent anyway.
The only scarier thing than the Leafs possibly acquiring Kiprusoff to take starts away from James Reimer may be the thought that the Leafs are looking to extend Kiprusoff beyond 2014. However, the talk of giving a 36-year-old goaltender an extension before you’re even allowed to give him an extension is absurd. The Leafs can’t adjust Kiprusoff’s contract and Dave Nonis for sure knows this. No doubt either Kiprusoff’s or Nonis’ camp is looking to gain some leverage in this situation.