Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary's Addition of Another Goaltender Raises Questions about Kiprusoff

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary's Addition of Another Goaltender Raises Questions about Kiprusoff

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Calgary Flames pick up another goaltender

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CALGARY - The Calgary Flames enter a gruelling stretch of their lockout-shortened schedule with mystery swirling around the status of star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary's starting goalie sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee during a game in Detroit on Feb. 5 and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.

General manager Jay Feaster claimed 33-year-old goalie Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Red Wings on Monday. The timing of the announcement was ominous because it came after Kiprusoff skated alone in the morning to test his knee.

Feaster did not speak to reporters Monday to explain the move that brought the number of Flames goaltenders to four. The GM signed minor-leaguer Danny Taylor to an NHL contract the day after Kiprusoff's injury to back up Leland Irving.

A Flames spokesman said Feaster would address the goaltending situation Tuesday.

Head coach Bob Hartley deferred player personnel queries Monday to his GM. Irvine and Taylor participated in Calgary's pre-game skate prior to hosting the Minnesota Wild, while MacDonald was scheduled to arrive in Calgary in the evening.

With or without their veteran starter, the pace goes from a trot to a gallop for Calgary, who had the kindest schedule the first three weeks of this abbreviated NHL season. While many NHL clubs have reached or passed the quarter pole, the Flames don't play their 12th game until Friday.

But starting Monday, the Flames faced five games in eight days and 10 in their next 17. Losing five of six to start the season put Calgary among the bottom teams in the Western Conference.

"We're not where we want to be in the standings, but we take advantage of those games in hand and we're moving up quickly," captain Jarome Iginla said. "Momentum is also a big part of that.

"We've got to get it going back in the right direction and start catching teams again. We do need to string some wins together, especially at home."

In addition to Kiprusoff's absence, Calgary is also minus forwards Sven Baertschi (hip flexor), Mike Cammalleri (hip flexor) and Mikael Backlund (knee).

While Backlund is out four to six weeks with a sprained MCL, Cammalleri and Baertschi are skating apart from the team. …

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