The Calgary Flames need some insurance in case goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff does indeed retire at the end of the season, and they already have their insurance on the roster in Joey MacDonald, who finished with a better season than Kiprusoff (he had an off year, all told, with 3.61 goals allowed per game). According to the Calgary Sun, the Flames will make the wise move to re-sign MacDonald to a one-year deal and will have veteran insurance in the form of the 33-year-old goaltender. The Flames have a host of young goalies that they could feasibly pair with the veteran, and this was a needed move with Kiprusoff’s future up in the air.
Kiprusoff is reportedly leaning towards retirement, so losing both MacDonald and Kiprusoff would have been really rough on the Flames. MacDonald will make $925,000 next season under this new deal, and that’s what a 90% save percentage and a steady 2.91 GAA will get you as a backup. He’s not going to be the full-time starter or anything next season, but you could do worse than MacDonald in a platoon. Again, he showed up pretty big this year when you consider Kiprusoff’s struggles.
It’s crazy to think that the Flames just scooped this guy up on the waiver wire a couple of months ago and found themselves a great backup goaltender in Joey MacDonald, who deserves to stay in Calgary for another season. He is one of five goalies under contract for the 2013 season now, and he will also have the important role of mentoring the young guns at the position on the roster. That was another source of motivation for Calgary in getting this deal done, and MacDonald is a solid contingency plan for Kiprusoff. Of course, the Flames are hoping that the long-term solution can be someone like Karri Ramo or Reto Berra. Hopefully Kiprusoff decides not to hang up the spikes, but the Flames are definitely not going to risk going into 2013 unprepared.