Jeepers, after missing four weeks, at a position as exacting as netminding, is there any concern that Miikka Kiprusoff might —
“None at all,” interjected Curtis Glencross, not interested in hearing the rest of the question. “Kipper’s a world-class goalie. Everyone knows it. He’s one of them goalies that could be the difference on any given night.
“Look at some of the saves he makes during the year. There’s at least one save a game that everyone’s in awe about.”
So there are no worries about the Calgary Flames netminder’s capabilities.
Nor his fitness.
“When a guy goes out and gets injured, it’s not a holiday around here,” continued Glencross. “You’re in the gym. You’re on the one-legged bike. Anyone that goes down with a knee injury, by the time you’re done with the one-legged air bike, everyone wants to break it.”
Kiprusoff, who was hurt making a save Feb. 5 in Detroit, is a good bet to start Wednesday against the visiting San Jose Sharks. However, no confirmation came from the team.
Coach Bob Hartley pointed out that his star goalie hasn’t even been cleared by team medical staff. Indeed, Kiprusoff still resides on the injured-reserve list.
“Nothing has changed,” said Hartley. “Kipper had a great day of work (Tuesday at practice) — there’s no pain. Kipper looks good. He feels good. When the doctors give us the green light, I think it’s going to be an easy decision.”
But it is a fine line between needing your star and rushing him into action.
“You’ve got to have your player 100 per cent, unless it’s playoffs,” said goalie coach Clint Malarchuk. “With a knee or a groin with a goalie, you’ve got to be all there or else it’s going to be a reoccurring thing and we don’t want that. He’s got to get his game-timing down again, that’s all. That’s the biggest thing — you’ve got to get in there and play.”
Kiprusoff's return to Flames' net on Wednesday is a distinct possibility
Calgary Herald | Mar 6