Evidently the Calgary prospects in net aren’t that great. Daryl Sutter announced Miikka Kiprusoff as the goalie for the foreseeable future, acknowledging him as a key component of the Calgary Flames for many years to come. The deal can extend up to six years and will pay him less than 6 million a year. Sources said earlier that Kiprusoff was demanding upwards of 7 million. Evidently they were wrong.

Kipper Gets $35 Million Over 6

“The Calgary Flames ownership group has made a huge commitment to Miikka and we expect him to be a major contributor to the success of our organization for years to come,” said Sutter.

Playing in his 4th season with Calgary, Miikka is the franchise leader in shutouts (21) and is approaching his 200th regular season game which ranks him 5th highest in franchise history. Sutter is convinced that the best playing days for Kirusoff are still to come. Hopefully that’s the case for his price tag.

Kiprusoff released this statement:

I would like to thank the Calgary Flames owners for making this long term commitment to me and my family so we can remain in this city and be part of this organization. I look forward to the responsibility and challenge that comes with this contract. Calgary is a loyal hockey community that expects and deserves the very best from its home team.

For fans, this sits about right. A great goalie at an average price. Yes he could have received plenty more on the open market, but he chose to stay with the team in hopes of bringing a championship to the city. Go Flames!