Quick, Rinne, Anderson, Boucher, Halak, Varlamov, Rask and Elliot.
Here is a list of Goalies that are not up for a Vezina yet have their teams in the playoffs, in some cases they even took their team there seemingly by themselves. When asked about trading Jarome Iginla most Flames fans like to think what would be brought back but don't actually want that trigger pulled but what about the other franchise guy? Kipper was the best player on this years Flames by far, he stole games and made tremendous saves but he does cost a lot as well and is it even needed? The team operates under a much more defensive system with Brent Sutter at the helm, the GAA is in the bottom 5 of the league and as you can see above the young goalies can get it done. Kipper could be the final nail a lot of teams need to win that cup, imagine Kipper on Washington. So if Darryl Sutter needs to do something bold...maybe it's ship out Kipper.
What would Kipper get on the market right now? I would argue more than Iginla would, I don't have faith Sutter would get full value for him though based on his recent trades but in reality he traded a 2nd for him (Vlasic) so if he could flip that commodity into a couple first rounders and a young goalie who can do it, maybe from the list above, I think it's worth a look.
The problem for Calgary is that the only spots they have open are actually at the grinder positions, Calgary simply has to move some hampering contracts.
Katalik- 3 mill for two more years
Langkow- 4.5 mil for two more years
Regehr- 4 mil for three more years
Right now it's too early to put Stajan on that list as I think his salary is good for a 2nd line center, Bouwmeester is another big ticket but I'll give him another season before I rip into him as he seemed to come around at the end of the year.
So if you move those three guys somehow some way you free up 11.5 MILLION is Salary for 27 goals this year. To put that in perspective Bourque had 27 goals by himself this year and cost the Flames 1.4 million roughly, these are all positions that cheaper guys could fill as well. Pelech is ready to come up, is a shut down guy and mean. Backlund is ready to play top six minutes at center and after leading the heat all year I think Jaffray deserves a shot at the NHL finally.
Hopefully all things are being considered because I'm watching this hockey thinking that the Flames could have been there if a couple changes had occurred.