Maybe the Miikka Kiprusoff trade rumors will simmer down now that he returned from his knee injury to throttle the San Jose Sharks 4-1 after a month-long layoff.
Or perhaps that stellar performance will only intensify interest in the Calgary Flames netminder, who has one year left on his current deal.
Kiprusoff feels ready to shoulder a big load as his team prepares for the stretch run. “The key is you have to feel strong enough so you’re not worrying about anything,” he told the Calgary Sun. “Are you going to get hurt? Always in practice you have a chance to save yourself or think a little bit, but in a game you have to be confident.
“I had my time to get ready for this game. I’ve been working pretty hard. Because other goalies play so well here I had time to get really ready. They didn’t want to push me and take the chance that I’d be hurt again.”
NHL insiders will also be watching power forward Jarome Iginla closely. He is playing under an expiring contract and many contenders (Boston Bruins? Pittsburgh Penguins? Chicago Blackhawks? Detroit Red Wings) would covet him as a rental addition.
“They've been talking about it for three years,” Iginla’s running mate Alex Tanguay told the Calgary Sun. “Yeah, it's on the back of your mind, but I want to make the playoffs here. I haven't made the playoffs for three years.”
Calgary tried to speed along its overhaul by signing restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet. But the Colorado Avalanche matched the offer, leaving the Flames to decide whether to be buyers or sellers at this trade deadline.