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by Paul on 03/30/13 at 08:50 AM ET
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Toronto general manager Dave Nonis' preference likely leans more towards Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff than Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, though there have been recent discussions on both.
The Leafs are trying to find out from Calgary whether Kiprusoff leaving the Flames is a realistic scenario. His situation is well documented. He and his wife had recently had a baby and the last thing the veteran Finn wants to do is to pick up stakes and be a trade deadline mercenary for the balance of this season, especially if, as the story goes, he may be retiring at season's end.
There were reports Kiprusoff told the Flames he'll refuse to report if traded but while he's not keen on moving, Kiprusoff's agent simply told Calgary that they should consult with the goalie before making a deal and treat it on a case-by-case basis.
If he's willing to move, and that's what Toronto is currently waiting to find out, Kiprusoff could probably be had for a draft pick. Nonis might favour that price over the live body or bodies that would be required to get Luongo, who has nine years and more than $40 million owing on his contract.
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