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Leafs can't lure Kiprusoff

GM Nonis tried, but couldn't pry elite netminder from Calgary

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TORONTO -- With the Toronto Maple Leafs looking primed for their first playoff appearance since 2004, general manager Dave Nonis says he's satisfied with his team's goaltending.

That doesn't mean he wasn't looking for an upgrade prior to the NHL trade deadline.

Nonis courted Miikka Kiprusoff on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning before the veteran Calgary Flames goalie made it clear he wouldn't be moving east.

The Maple Leafs were also rumoured to have made another call to the Vancouver Canucks about Roberto Luongo, but that deal also failed to materialize.

Nonis instead settled on a trade with depth in mind, acquiring defenceman Ryan O'Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick.

Nonis was given permission to speak with Kiprusoff -- who doesn't have a no-trade clause but indicated he would not report to another team if dealt -- but was unable to convince him to join the Maple Leafs.

"I think there were a lot of issues (for Kiprusoff), a lot of them personal," Nonis said at an Air Canada Centre press conference after Wednesday's trade deadline passed. "When I spoke with him he sounded engaged and interested but there are other things that go into these decisions.

"He has a new baby, he's got other things on his mind and to his credit, he didn't want to take a contract extension and come to Toronto without being fully committed and engaged."

While not addressing Luongo and his mammoth contract directly, Nonis reiterated that any roster addition has to meet a number of criteria.

"From our standpoint, any player that we bring in on a going-forward basis has to make sense for us long-term, and you couple that with the assets you'd have to give up to get that player," said Nonis, whose team sits fifth in the Eastern Conference. "At the end of the day, we weren't in a position to make a trade that we were satisfied with."

While the team failed in its attempt to add a veteran presence in the crease, Nonis added he's comfortable with the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens going forward.

Reimer has been one of Toronto's best players in 2013, compiling a 13-4-4 record with two shutouts to go along with 2.52 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Scrivens, meanwhile, is 7-8-0 with a 2.59 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He also has two shutouts.

"The benefit of bringing Miikka Kiprusoff in would have been that we weren't moving either one of our goalies out," Nonis said. "We've always said that if we could get a veteran presence to help these guys along and give them some experience and some tips, that it would have been an ideal situation."

Nonis added he discussed that scenario with Kiprusoff directly.

"I think part of him was very excited with that and part of his apprehension was not having his heart in it 100 per cent and coming here and letting us down," he said. "That was the direction we wanted to head.

"(But) we also said last week, and weeks prior to that, that we're happy with the goaltending, that we have two quality goalies and we're not trying to move one out."

Speaking in Calgary, Flames general manager Jay Feaster told the media that although the club is in rebuilding mode after the trade of captain Jarome Iginla, it would respect the 36-year-old Kiprusoff's wish not to be moved because of what he has done for the franchise.

Kiprusoff said he put a lot of thought into the possibility of playing for Toronto, but that he wanted to finish the season with the Flames.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do for the Leafs to go there if my heart is not 100 per cent there," said Kiprusoff.

-- The Canadian Press

Wednesday's deals

NHL clubs made 17 trades involving 30 players Wednesday prior to the 2 p.m., trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

-- Anaheim traded C Brandon McMillan to Phoenix for C Matthew Lombardi.

-- Anaheim traded G Jeff Deslauriers to Minnesota for future considerations.

-- Boston traded C Maxime Sauve to Chicago for C Rob Flick.

-- Buffalo traded RW Jason Pominville and Buffalo's fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to Minnesota for LW Johan Larsson, G Matt Hackett, Minnesota's first-round pick in 2013 and second-round pick in 2014.

-- Calgary traded LW Blake Comeau to Columbus for Columbus' fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

-- Carolina traded LW Jussi Jokinen to Pittsburgh for a conditional pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

-- Colorado traded D Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

-- Columbus traded G Steve Mason to Philadelphia for G Michael Leighton and Philadelphia's third-round pick in the 2015 draft.

-- Columbus traded RW Derek Dorsett, C Derick Brassard, D John Moore and Columbus' sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to the N.Y. Rangers for RW Marian Gaborik, D Blake Parlett and D Steven Delisle.

-- Florida traded C Jerred Smithson to Edmonton for Edmonton's fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

-- Nashville traded RW Martin Erat and C Michael Latta to Washington for C Filip Forsberg.

-- Nashville traded D Scott Hannan to San Jose for a conditional pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

-- Ottawa traded G Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay for C Cory Conacher and Philadelphia's fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft (previously acquired).

-- Phoenix traded LW Raffi Torres to San Jose for Florida's third-round pick in the 2013 Draft (previously acquired).

-- Phoenix traded LW Steve Sullivan to New Jersey for New Jersey's seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.

-- Pittsburgh traded G Patrick Killeen to Columbus for future considerations.

-- St. Louis traded D Wade Redden to Boston for a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2013 D4

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