Flames’ Kiprusoff signs extension
Miikka Kiprusoff agreed to a $35-million, six-year extension with the Flames on Monday that will keep the star goalie him in Calgary through the 2013-14 season. The 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, was the last of a core of key players to recently agree to long-term deals with Calgary. The 31-year-old Finn is in the final year of a deal that will pay him $3.6 million this season. The Flames acquired Kiprusoff from the San Jose Sharks for a second-round draft pick in November 2003. He’s 111-54-23 with four ties for the Flames.
• Another brutish blow, another opponent left dazed on the ice, another remorseful Flyer. Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended two games by the NHL yesterday for his violent hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, making him the third Philadelphia player suspended for a dangerous play this season.
“I’m disappointed,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I think it is a situation that we see — minus the injury to Patrice Bergeron — I think we see quite often.”
• NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey yesterday to become general manager of his country’s national team. The 39-year-old Bondra played last season for the Chicago Blackhawks before becoming a free agent. He had 503 goals and had 389 assists in 1,081 NHL games, mostly for the Washington Capitals. He also played for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers.
125 – career wins for Miikka Kiprisoff.