Mikka Kiprusoff Needs Some Rest for the Calgary Flames

Dany LemieuxContributor IMarch 16, 2009

After giving up 19 goals in his last four games Miikka Kiprusoff might be showing signs that he his tired and that maybe it is time to give backup goalie Curtis McElhinney a start.

After the wild shoot out in Toronto this past Saturday Mike Keenan, head coach of the Calgary Flames, said that maybe he made a mistake by playing "Kipper" after getting so many shots against him last Thursday versus the Detroit Red Wings.

Kiprusoff is the kind of goaltender who usually plays around 70-75 games a year but he is not getting any younger and such a large number of games will eventually cathcup to you.

The Flames number one net minder mentioned to reporters today that he did not feel tired but you got to wonder about one thing:  nobody would ever say that they are tired!

The Flames have seen a lot of different backup goaltender in the past few years, from Brian Boucher, Curtis Joseph to "Noodles" Jamie Mcllennan it has become a parade of guys who simply could not be perfect playing five games a year.

So how can anyone expect Curtis McElhinney to have success when he does not get to play much?

The hard luck backup has a record of 0-6-1 with a 3,78 and a save percentage of .882.

Numbers that are not looking too good but a goalie needs to play a little and unfortunately he has not been playing too much.

My wish for Curtis is to start the next Flames game and get a win under his belt so that the guys get some confidence in him and he can also build some confidence in himself as well!

I certainly hope that Kiprusoff gets a rest because if you look at the last few Stanley Cup winners, they either share the net with another net minder or they were injured in the season and missed some time...

Usually taking some rest is for the best...