Veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to retire, ending an era in Calgary, according to the Finnish newspaper, Urheilusanomat.
The 36-year-old will forfeit the last season of his contract, which includes a $5.833 million hit to the salary cap.
Kiprusoff had already publicly stated his intentions during the season. The Flames also weren't surprised by the news, according to the paper.
Kiprusoff joined Calgary in a trade with San Jose during the 2003-04 season, and started at least 70 games each year since becoming the starter in 2005-06. He battled injuries this season and appeared in 24 of 48 games, while posting a 3.44 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.
He went 319-213-71 in 623 career games, and retires with a .912 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average. He led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning.