You know that guy who wins the lottery and tells the newspaper he plans to keep his job?



He might, but you can bet he won't play by the rules the rest of the office staff does"¦ because he can.

He can walk away at any time -- the kind of freedom everyone dreams of.

Miikka Kiprusoff is that guy.

As expected, Kiprusoff informed the Calgary Flames Wednesday that, despite the fact his no-trade clause expired in the summer, he wasn't willing to play along"¦ or elsewhere, for that matter.

He has that ability because the Flames paid him more than US$33 million over the last five years.

But it comes at a cost: His reputation.

Many Flames fans will look at the move as selfish and disrespectful -- a modern Mats Sundin who repays the organization and its fans by choosing not to repay either. Others defend it as a family decision.

"I was thinking the last days, if I go, I know I can help the Flames get something for me," said Kiprusoff, who was asked by the Flames to discuss with Toronto the possibility of joining the Leafs for the playoffs -- a notion he rejected.

"But this morning when I did talk with Jay Feaster and said how I feel and how I found out they want to keep me here, it didn't surprise me. It's how they've been treating me since I came, and that tells a lot about this organization. It's first class, and I appreciate it."

That's not to say he didn't seriously consider leaving his newborn son and family.

"When you know another team wants you and I was thinking a lot about it, but I did get the feeling -- doubts -- it was the right thing to do," said Kiprusoff, who has struggled all season long.

"If you start second-guessing, I don't think it's the right thing to do for the Leafs if my heart is not 100% there."