6'1" 195 pounds
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A team in dire need of a goaltending upgrade got one in the form of Kiprusoff. All he did was set a modern day record for goals-against average and lead the Flames into the playoffs for the first time since 1996. If it isn't toughness, what Kiprusoff has right now then is supreme confidence.
Kiprusoff has a very good glove hand. He catches the puck well, but more than anything, his hand positioning in his stance is impeccable, serving as a strong deterrent for shooters to try the top corners.
He handles the puck in moderation, but he is very adept at using his stick in and around his crease. Kiprusoff keeps his stick in perfect position in relationship to his stance when moving to either post, and he employs the paddle-down move to great effect on wraparound attempts.
Kiprusoff plays bigger than his frame and has xxcellent coverage with his pads. He will use the wishbone move -- legs spread to either post, with his upper body carried forward -- in extreme situations and is one of the most successful netminders in that position.
Kiprusoff employs a butterfly style, but his mechanics have improved immensely. He has great patience and fluidity in getting from his upright stance into his butterfly. The greatest advancement in his mechanics has to do with his footwork. He now has a strong lateral push, moving across the crease with his butterfly stance intact -- the result of hours and hours of drill work while still in San Jose.
Kiprusoff has given the Flames confidence and they rely on his stinginess for success. That element is even more crucial in the playoffs, where he has but four NHL appearances -- albeit four respectable showings.
Kiprusoff is in the record book with the lowest goals-against in the modern era, a feat that will garner both Hart and Vezina consideration for this season.