According to Sportsnets John Shannon, The Toronto Maple Leafs have been given permission to directly talk to Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

James Reimer has played well between the pipes lately but Leafs GM Dave Nonis has not  made any secret of his wish to add a veteran netminder to Toronto’s roster.

Kiprusoff has one year remaining on his contract after this season at  $1.5 million but the 36-year-old Finnish goaltender will carry a salary cap of hit of $5.83 million.

Kirpusoff is having a rough season thus far, his 6-9-2 record, .873 save percentage and 3.52 goals-against average are among his worst statistically since joining the Flames.

His availability on the trade market has been no secret although the goalie reportedly told Flames GM Jay Feaster last week he won’t report if traded.

This could be nothing but if a deal is in play Leafs GM Dave Nonis would have to do some convincing to get Kiprusoff to agree to suit up for the Blue and White.

It’s unclear what the asking price would be for Kiprusoff but if the Flames, Penguins deal for Jarome Iginla is any indication it can’t be very high. The Flames are rumoured to be looking to reaquire draft picks to help with their rebuild.

With Wednesdays NHL trade deadline fast approaching if something is about to happen, expect it to happen soon.

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