NHL: Can a Miikka Kiprusoff Trade Make the Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Contenders?

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NHL: Can a Miikka Kiprusoff Trade Make the Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Contenders?
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The Calgary Flames are on the brink of going into a transition phase for the franchise. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a win-now mode after trading for Jeff Carter this offseason. Could the Blue Jackets and Flames pull off a deal that would send Miikka Kiprusoff to Columbus? It would make sense to try.

After the first week of the NHL season, Steve Mason has made it obvious that he will not be the goaltender that leads the Blue Jackets deep into the playoffs. The Blue Jackets have a solid team up front and defensively, but the goaltending situation is holding them back from bigger and better things.

The Flames need to start rebuilding because, frankly, they do not look to be good enough to get into the playoffs. Coach Brent Sutter has already said that back-up Henrik Karlsson will play about 20-25 games this year. I can only imagine what Kiprusoff thinks about this.

So let's delve deeper into this situation.

NOTE: I HAVE SEEN NO RUMORS ABOUT THIS TRADE, IT IS TOTALLY SPECULATIVE.

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