He's said he won't break the bank, he won't salvage the future and he thinks Reimer is playing great, but he'd make a deal if it was right. He's not going to go and unload a **** load of prospects or players, because he isn't desperate for Luongo.
Go find your own source.
Well, that's a bad attitude from your new GM. And at odds with not breaking the bank.
I think the Kipper acquisition was mostly PR by Nonis and the Leafs anyways to try to gain leverage in the Luongo negotiations. Maybe now Nonis will get Dreger to float the rumour that Johnny Bower is coming out of retirement.
No he's not. If he was, your GM wouldn't be in the market for a veteran goaltender.
Agreed. It's like telling your girlfriend she's the only one for you.
But, hey honey, would you mind if I went over and talked to that other hot girl and see if she would be interested in going out with me.
But, hey, if that doesn't work out I'll be back to you.
I didn't think it made sense for Toronto to pick up Kipprusoff anyways. He's the worst starting goalie in the league for one. Secondly, he seems like a weird recluse so I can't see him being a good "Mentor" for Reimer.
What about Khabibulin? Obviously a lot cheaper, and by all accounts he's been a great mentor for Dubnyk, a Stanley Cup winner, and can still play at a high level in limited games.
Wow, interesting. Super goalie who when on his game was and is one of the best in the league.
I dont think he has seen all his years yet. If on another team that was better than Calgary of late, he could serious steal some games and give a team a serious push in the post season.
Kinda sad to see someone retire before their time is up.
Thanks Kipper for everything!!
Call me crazy - but Kipper hasn't been the goalie you seem to remember for a long time now. I don't have a dog in the fight, but just don't see him as an upgrade on any of the play-off's teams starting goalies at this this point. As a quality guy to come in if the start bombs - sure, he would have been nice to have. But I don't think he was an upgrade on the starting goalies at this point.
Much respect for Kipper making this decision. There is something to be said about loyalty regardless of winning a cup isn't that right Jerome.
Loyalty - or just not worth playing the last year based on the huge back-diving contract? I think that Kipper had the first back-diving contract, and it's pretty apparent what's going to happen with most of the other examples. Guys who have made $50+M over their careers are highly unlikely to stick around for $1M/year. I wonder if that is going to change the thought process from GM's on the contracts that are long enough to have the back-diving "surcharge" in place (Hossa, Luongo, Briere, Richards, etc.).