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Flames' fate tied to Kiprusoff's fortune

Updated: February 25, 2004, 1:03 AM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

The Kipper's quotes are about as juicy as his rebounds.

That is ... NOT.

"I'm happy," he says, smiling.

"This is nice," he says, still smiling.

He should be happy, and yes, what's happening to him is very nice, but this is a story -- no, a fairy tale -- as yet without an ending.

A case could be made -- no laughing here -- for Miikka Kiprusoff as the most influential goaltender to his team this season. If he can somehow backstop the offensively-challenged Calgary Flames ...

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