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Flames get Toskala to back up Kiprusoff

by Adam Kimelman
The Calgary Flames found help for workhorse goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on Wednesday, acquiring goalie Vesa Toskala from the Anaheim Ducks.

In exchange for Toskala, the Ducks receive goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

The deal reunites Kiprusoff and Toskala, who came through the San Jose Sharks system earlier this decade. Flames GM Darryl Sutter coached both in San Jose.

Sutter said the deal was made because the team wanted a better goalie to play behind Kiprusoff.

"A lot of it is based on Kipper and how much he played in the Olympics and then the schedule, that's what it was based on," Sutter told reporters. "He's a guy we're familiar with. And obviously his relationship with Kipper."

Toskala never played for the Ducks, who acquired him from Toronto for Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Jan. 31. In 26 games this season, Toskala is 7-12-3 with a 3.66 goals-against average and .874 save percentage. He's due to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

McElhinney, in his second full NHL season, had played just 10 games while backing up Kiprusoff this season, going 3-4-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .885 save percentage.

"You never expect to be traded at any point of your career, regardless of how things are going, but I hope it works out best for Calgary," McElhinney told reporters in Calgary. "They're getting a veteran presence back there, somebody that's played a lot of games as a starter and a backup at certain points of his career. This is going to be good for them going down the stretch and for me a new opportunity."

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