<
>

Flames add Kiprusoff to mix

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks traded goalie Miikka
Kiprusoff to the Calgary Flames on Sunday for a second-round draft
pick in 2005.

Kiprusoff went 5-14-0 with a 3.25 goals-against average last
season in his second full NHL campaign. After a poor start while
Evgeni Nabokov held out, he lost his job as Nabokov's backup late
last season to Vesa Toskala.

But the Sharks couldn't send Kiprusoff to the minors without
putting him through waivers, so they kept him on their roster this
season without playing him.

"We had to make a decision with a waiver situation and
potentially losing a player without getting anything," Sharks
general manager Doug Wilson said. "We shopped around and found a
deal that fits us."

Kiprusoff could play immediately with the Flames, who don't have
a proven backup behind Jamie McLennan and injured starter Roman
Turek. In Calgary, Kiprusoff will be reunited with coach Darryl
Sutter, the Sharks' former coach.

He was San Jose's fifth-round draft pick in 1995. In 2001, he
became the first Finnish goalie to win an NHL postseason game,
beating St. Louis.