|Flames sign G Miikka Kiprusoff to 6-year extension|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 29 October 2007 13:20|
The 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, was the last of a core of key players - along with Captain Jarome Iginla and defenseman Robyn Regehr - to recently agree to long-term deals with Calgary.
The 31-year-old Finn is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $3.6 million this season.
``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,'' Flames GM Darryl Sutter said in a statement. ``With today's announcement, we have some key players under long-term contracts and we look forward to that group leading us to the next level.''
The Flames acquired Kiprusoff from the San Jose Sharks for a second-round draft pick in November 2003. He's 111-54-23 with four ties for the Flames.
Kiprusoff helped Calgary reach the Stanley Cup final in 2004, where the Flames lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
``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,'' Kiprusoff said. ``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.''
In 244 games with Calgary and San Jose, Kiprusoff is 125-78-23 with seven ties.