San Jose traded Miikka Kiprusoff
this season only to watch him record the lowest GAA [1.69] by any goaltender in the modern era.
Sharks goaltending coach Warren Strelow described Kiprusoff as a combination goalie, skilled at playing upright and going into the butterfly to protect down low.
STRENGTHS: strong positioning, athletic, explosive side-to-side speed.
WEAKNESSES: can be too agressive, puck handling.
When Calgary traded for Kiprusoff I mentioned that he was quick and athletic, without a doubt a #1 goaltender. My only problem with Miikka was that occasionally he was so eager to make the first save that he played himself out of position.
The biggest adjustment Kiprusoff made this season was being more patient in net. Miikka stays in position and flashes his speed and acrobatic saves when needed. His play is amplfied by a stiff Calgary defense that clears bodies and pucks in front of him.
Daren Elliot breaks down Miikka Kiprusoff
for Sports Illustrated, and the Hockey Forecaster offers the consensus pre-season scouting opinion
of Kiprusoff for the Toronto Star.
Conclusion: San Jose needs to get in front of Kiprusoff in order to score consistently. Deflections and screened shots may be the story of this series for San Jose.
[Update from Offwing
] Gotta sit Chris Simon
- Calgary Sun
[Update2] Korolyuk wielding a big stick
- Ross McKeon.