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Among the National Post's Michael Traikos' observations from the first week of the 2015-16 season:
The 3-on-3 is a “gong show” for goalies
There have been five games that went to overtime so far this season. Of those, only two have gone the distance and required a shootout to solve.
For the NHL, which predicted that 72% of games would end in the 3-on-3, it is an encouraging sign. Unless, of course, you happen to be a goaltender.
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop called the 3-on-3 OT format a “gong show” and Calgary goaltender Jonas Hiller said “It’s kind of like an All-Star Game.” But you cannot argue with the entertainment value. Breakaways, odd-man rushes and scoring chances on nearly every puck possession has translated into the most exciting five minutes of the game.
“Definitely nerve-wracking,” Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who scored in a 3-on-3 overtime win against Vancouver. “With so much time and space and ice, one costly turnover or mistake and that’s the game. You’ve got to be smart out there. You have to be strategic about it, but it’s fun.”
The Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1, thanks to Jonas Hiller.
Here are some of those 49 saves...
I’m definitely excited to have a fresh start. Talking to the coach [Bob Hartley], talking to management, they want me to have success, and that definitely makes your life easier. It keeps your mind free to just go out there and play as good as you can, instead of worrying about giving up bad goals and having to prove yourself every night – not just to the public, but to the coaching staff and everybody else. That’s definitely a nicer way to feel comfortable, if you know they have your back.”
-Jonas Hiller of the Calgary Flames. More on Hiller from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
Via NHL.com, reading this kind of thing is usually quite scary, but the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson reports that the Calagary Flames' new starting goaltender has
Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller needed a minor procedure after having an appendicitis attack working out in Switzerland, the Calgary Sun reported via Twitter.
Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson wrote Hiller is "expected to make a speedy recovery."
Initial reports from Switzerland said Hiller had the attack at a goalie camp in Verbier. The camp director did not know if Hiller would need surgery.
The wonders of modern medicine, eh?
The Anaheim Ducks lost the services of goaltender Frederik Andersen on a strange play, and Matt Beleskey suffered a "lower-body injury," but the Ducks stared a potential 3-games-to-none deficit in the face and came up winners, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Thursday night. A solid relief performance from Jonas Hiller in goal and some smart decisions played big factors in the win, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun noted:
Ben Lovejoy desperately wanted to dish it off to Andrew Cogliano. But with that passing lane closed, he did about the last thing he ever wanted: He shot the puck. He of nine career regular-season goals whistled it top shelf on Jonathan Quick, no less; a dagger of a goal which stood up as the winner for the Anaheim Ducks on a night that had a little bit of everything.
"Easily No. 1," Lovejoy chuckled when asked where that goal stood in his career. "I don't score many goals. So they're all very, very, very special. But that was the first [fist] pump of my life, the first celebration, I hope I did it right. But it was an emotional goal and a big win for this team."
Knowing that a loss would dig a series hole every team wants to avoid, the Ducks showed a lot of moxie Thursday night in a gritty performance that needed all kinds of contributors.
"We all know being down 3-0 to the Kings wouldn't be a situation nice to be in," captain Ryan Getzlaf said after the Ducks' 3-2 win that cut the Kings' series lead to 2-1. "The guys did a great job responding tonight and getting back to where we need to be."
LeBrun continues, and NHL.com posted both a "recap" video...
And a highlight clip:
"There's not a chance in hell that I'm moving Jonas Hiller. "I'm tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. A bit more from Pierre LeBurn of ESPN.
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Someone has to pay for Jonas Hiller's success. This season it has been the Ducks' opponents, but later this summer it could be the Ducks.
Should the Ducks' goaltender beat the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, he'll become one of eight goaltenders in NHL history to win 13 consecutive games.
Hiller's hot streak has helped the Ducks (32-8-5) to the best record in the NHL and — considering he's in the final year of his contract — his pay should inflate significantly beyond his current $4.5-million salary.
Hiller said his agent and the Ducks have spoken "a couple times" since the season began. Given the team's depth at the position, he's unsure "what they want to see" before a deal would be finalized.
Hiller, to Marleau, to Thornton back to Marleau...
How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season?
Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone.
As early as Sunday, MacTavish has been working the phones and working them hard to determine the market for goaltenders. They are looking at every possibility, from Anaheim's Jonas Hiller to Buffalo's Ryan Miller to Brian Elliott in St. Louis to Michal Neuvirth in Washington and beyond.
"We felt we had a good thing going. I think everybody thought we were going to go a long way, but it seemed like we didn't find that extra step for the playoffs. Detroit was just a little better than us. It's depressing. It makes you feel sad."
-Jonas Hiller, goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks after losing 3-2 to Detroit last night. More on the game from the CP at TSN.
from Jon Rosen of FSWest,
Nearly eight months removed from the vertigo-like symptoms that derailed what up to that point was the finest season of his career, Hiller expressed eagerness to test his abilities in the 2011 NHL preseason, which begins Tuesday evening against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center.
He also expressed caution towards what was an extremely difficult ailment to diagnose.
“They already told me at the beginning the whole balance—vertigo issue—90 percent of the time they never figure out what exactly caused it,” Hiller said. “I think at the end, it was just somewhere like, all the senses between my eyes, my inner ear, my whole feedback from my whole body just wasn’t matching properly. It was desynchronized.”...
So please forgive the Katella Avenue faithful if there’s a bit of a knot in their stomachs when he faces his first shots in an NHL game, perhaps as early as this Tuesday against Phoenix. Training camp can only prepare one so much.
From Eric Stephens at Ducks Blog:
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller on Friday said he is no longer suffering from vertigo symptoms and is expected to be ready for training camp next month.
Hiller has been skating in his native Switzerland regularly since July 10 when he took the ice during Francois Allaire‘s goaltending camp after 2 1/2 months of rest. The goalie, whose breakout 2010-11 season was wrecked by the symptoms that first surfaced in February, has been taking shots in goal against professional players for the last few weeks.
A club spokesman said Hiller called Ducks GM Bob Murray and trainer Tim Clark to inform them of the improvement in his status.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” Hiller said in a team-released statement. “I’m happy to be feeling better and looking forward to getting back with my teammates. It’s been a long process but I feel great and I’m realdy to help this team win.”
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Murray said he spoke with Hiller last week and the two agreed that he should return the ice and take shots in goal when he appears at former Ducks goaltending coach Francois Allaire’s camp in Switzerland.
“He’s fine,” Murray said. “He’s in good spirits. We talked about a couple of things. He’ll be skating on the ice sometime around the middle of July.
“He’ll be doing a camp early in the week and then skate with some pros after that.”
Hiller’s uncertain situation apparently will not play a role in re-signing Ray Emery as Murray indicated that he has not spoken with Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry. Barry did not return messages left by the Register.
Murray might not be making much of an effort to bring back Emery, who came back from a serious knee injury last season and became the Ducks’ lead goalie down the stretch and in the playoffs.
Emery, a an unrestricted free agent on July 1, figures to be seeking a one-way NHL contract with a team that will give him an opportunity to start after going 7-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average in nine regular-season starts.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller said on Wednesday that he’s still dealing with some lingering vertigo-related symptoms and was uncertain on when he may be fully recovered and able to play in another game.
Speaking with a couple of reporters after taking part in the team’s morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome, Hiller said he doesn’t plan to put a timetable on a possible return until he is feeling right every day.
“Yeah, it’s something that’s still up and down,” Hiller said in his first extended comments since that start. ”Some days are better, some days are not so good. I guess it’s just going to take its time. I still found out that I’m not quite where I wanted to be. All I can do is give myself time. Do my exercise. Do my stuff.
“Hopefully it’s going to get better. I kind of like stopped setting myself a timeline or anything because nobody can really tell me how long it’s going to take.”
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
“I’m still having the same issues,” he said Tuesday. “Especially on the ice where I start feeling out of myself and kind of feeling all over the place. We did some more tests yesterday so hopefully that’s going to show something.
“I guess it’s just going to take time. All I can do is be patient. It’s definitely not easy, especially the mental side. It’s really tough.”
His days have been filled with regular conversations with the team’s medical staff, appointments with a physical therapist and visits to multiple specialists. “I guess I know most of the doctors in Orange County right now,” he joked. “I’ve seen quite a few.”
Not only has been frustrating being unable to play but it’s worse being unable to tell people the exact source of his dizziness as doctors have only been able to narrow it down to vertigo.
“I guess even vertigo, there’s kind of a wide possibility of what it could be,” Hiller said.
“If I have to turn my head too often, then it seems like panic mode in my head and I feel all over the place.
“It feels like I’m always like a second late. It takes me a second to realize what’s going on, especially on plays from behind the net. That’s a terrible feeling. I always feel like I’m late and trying to catch up.”
-Jonas Hiller, goaltender of the Anaheim Ducks, describing how he feels whil battling vertigo symptoms. More from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“They kind of ruled out the concussion thing. They’re saying it’s kind of vertigo,” Hiller said. “They couldn’t really tell me where it’s coming from or whatever so that’s kind of the tough part, to just accept it and not knowing what it’s coming from and just work with that to try to desensitize my brain.
“With all the input I get from my body it seems like I’m almost overreacting to stuff that’s normally not important or the brain would kind of leave out because it’s just everyday things, but it seems like right now I’m all over the place because I almost got too much feedback from my body.”
Hiller said he feels symptoms when he moves his head or turns. “It doesn’t really bother me in everyday life because you can kind of limit that, but the problem is on the ice I have to follow the puck and that’s kind of the tough part, when I have to move the head,” he said.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who is on injured reserve due to another episode of dizziness and lightheadedness that occurred earlier this week, is believed to have a balance issue according to a team spokesman.
Hiller was seen by a physical therapist on Saturday and is expected to make another visit on Monday. Since he was shelved again after incurring another episode during Tuesday’s practice, Hiller has being seeing team doctor Craig Milhouse and tests that he has undergone have ruled out any concussion-type symptoms.
According to the club spokesman, Hiller’s balance issue is treatable and he remains on a day-to-day basis
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller has had a recurrence of fatigue/lightheadedness and has been placed on injured reserve. He will miss the next three games.
Hiller reported the symptoms during practice yesterday at Honda Center and left the ice early. He had originally missed three games with the same condition, though he traveled with the team during its recent four-game road trip. He returned to action against Edmonton on Sunday night, where he had 12 saves in a 4-0 shutout of the Oilers.
from Curtis Zupke of the Ducks Blog,
There might not be any Ducks player looking forward to having three days off more than Jonas Hiller.
Hiller hopes that will give him time to recover as he copes with a mysterious case of fatigue and lightheadedness that has rendered him confused as well.
Hiller said after Saturday’s game, a 3-0 victory against Colorado, that he didn’t feel much different and sounded a little discouraged about the situation.
“(I’m) a little worn down, a little lightheaded,” Hiller said in a brief interview.
“It’s weird. I don’t know. It doesn’t seem right.
I was hoping it would get better from one day to the next but it didn’t happen, so unfortunately I hope it’s going to be good soon. All I can do is get my rest and we’ll see what happens.”
from Dan Wood of Ducks.com,
The Ducks will be holding their collective breath at least for a while after goaltender Jonas Hiller suffered a head injury during Saturday’s late-afternoon practice at a practice rink near the United Center.
After arriving in Chicago, where they will open a three-game road swing against the Blackhawks on Sunday night, the Ducks took to the ice, only to lose Hiller midway through practice when a shot from a teammate struck the goalie squarely on his facemask.
Hiller went down immediately, desperately shook the catching glove off his right hand and grabbed for his face. A nasty cut near Hiller’s eyebrows was the obvious damage.
After receiving immediate attention from head athletic trainer Tim Clark, Hiller was to go to a nearby medical facility for further treatment.
This morning’s three cheers for those that shined in yesterday’s action:
***Cheers to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, who broke a 2-2 tie late in the third with his third goal of the season to lead the Ducks to a win over Phoenix. Perry also managed an assist in the game and was a plus-3 for Anaheim, who got 36 saves from goaltender Jonas Hiller in victory. Speaking of…
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via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Anaheim Ducks are very close to signing Jonas Hiller to a contract extension, a source told ESPN.com Saturday, taking a top-flight netminder off next summer’s free-agent market.
The 27-year-old Hiller, who will start in goal for Switzerland next month at the Olympics, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
update 12:43pm, Same link as above but some number are now included-
The deal is worth $18 million, the source said. The $4.5 million average salary is well above the $1.3 million Hiller is earning this year.
“Jonas has proved himself as a starting NHL goaltender,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We expect him to only get better and are pleased he’s committed to us for four more seasons.”
“This is a very exciting day for me personally,” said Hiller. “Anaheim has been a great place for me to play, and I couldn’t be happier to stay here.”
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Spent a few minutes with goalie Jonas Hiller and discussed if there have been any talks about a new contract between himself, his agent Allain Roy and Ducks general manager Bob Murray. Hiller said there have been conversations but that any progress on a new deal may have to wait until Murray makes some key decisions over the next few months.
“There is talk going on,” Hiller said. “I’ve let them know that I want to stay here … if the conditions are right.”
The biggest obstacle could be the fact that the Ducks still owe Jean-Sebastien Giguere about $10.6 million on his contract, including $7 million next season. But the 32-year-old veteran is virtually untradeable, given the money he’s owed next season and that he’s now relegated to backup status.
Even if a team were to show serious interest, Giguere doesn’t figure to get many opportunities to play as the Ducks will lean on Hiller in their desperate push to make the playoffs.
from Eric Stephens of the Ducks Blog,
Hiller’s night against Chicago had another breakthrough moment as he’s struggled on the back end of the few times he’s been asked to start on back-to-back nights. He’s also avoiding the one bad goal he seemed to give up each game.
The 27-year-old goalie said it’s still a learning process for him as far as having the right preparation and frame of mind to perform in those situations. Carlyle said being a top-flight netminder and delivering games like the one in Chicago is “the challenge that’s out there for all NHL goalies.”
“He’s taken that workmanlike attitude,” Carlyle said. “He’s not taking anything for granted. He’s just going out and playing. When you play that number of games, you get in a groove.
“He’s been pretty solid for our hockey club. But [Sunday] was an exclamation point.”
The Ducks have wondered for months whether they can lean on either Hiller or Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Now they know who it is.
more and expect the Giguere to .... (name a team) rumors to start, again).
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
...on Thursday night, Hiller’s “A” game was nowhere to be found. Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa each scored twice—once each on stoppable shots—to punch a hole in Hiller’s mystique and Mikael Samuelsson’s early third-period goal ended his night. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, who lost the No. 1 job late in the regular season, saw his first postseason action after Hiller had his worst night of the playoffs.
“We just weren’t good enough as a team, and the goalie is part of that,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said….
“It was sure not my best game,” Hiller said. “The pucks just went through me, which shouldn’t happen. You can’t have your ‘A’ game every day.”...
“He was playing really well for them,” Hossa said. “Tonight, we finally got him going and we found a way to score on him. After that, they made a change on the goalies. You keep putting pucks at his feet and good things will happen.”
added 8:29am, At AnaheimDucks.com, you can read some post-game quotes from both sides, stuff like this…
Francois Beauchemin: We kind of beat ourselves tonight. They played well, but at the same time we didn’t do the things we wanted to do.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News (Sunday edition),
In Game 1 against the Red Wings, Hiller made 34 saves against the high-charged Detroit offense but left the arena feeling like the Ducks missed an opportunity to beat the Red Wings.
He got a taste of what the series will be like: plenty of bodies in front of him, namely Tomas Holmstrom, and shooters with pinpoint accuracy.
“They’re good players, but it’s not much different than the series against San Jose,” Hiller told reporters after the game. “I’ll have to do a better job next time.”
Don’t be surprised if he does a better job today. After all, he has done it before.
much more on Hiller…
added 10:10pm, from Helene Elliott of the LA Times (Sunday edition),
Saturday came and went and the NHL didn’t suspend Ducks forward Mike Brown, known in Hockeytown as The Baddest Man On Skates, for his hard hit on Detroit’s Jiri Hudler during the Red Wings’ 3-2 victory in the opener of the teams’ second-round playoff series.
Now, maybe they can get back to playing hockey today at Joe Louis Arena instead of playing victim and maligned villain.
from Al Balderas of the OC Register,
The Ducks have Jiggy, Prongs, The Finnish Flash, Getzy, and even Phil.
And then there is Hiller.
If you don’t notice the similar ring to goalie Jonas Hiller’s name, it could be because there isn’t one.
The aforementioned players have been instrumental in the success of the Ducks and are, in some circles, better known by their monikers than their real names. It’s time Hiller fell into that category…especially because of the fact that he’s a goalie.
Goalies throughout hockey history have been tagged with some cool, catchy nickname. Most fans of the sport have little trouble recognizing a player by the nickname he uses. There is Felix the Cat (Felix Potvin), The Wizard of Oz (Chris Osgood), CuJo (Curtis Joseph), Finnisher (Mikka Kiprusoff) and even The Lach Ness Monster (Blaine Lacher), who played for the Bruins in the 1990’s.
“You almost can’t lose any games. I saw the standings up there when they showed it. I saw Nashville and St. Louis won. I knew it was even tighter than before tonight. We know we have to win as many games as possible. It’s still the same thing. We just have to play it game-by-game and see the standings at the end. We know there is a lot of pressure, but I think the team is ready.”
-Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. More on the Ducks from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog.
More on Hiller from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog:
The Ducks on Wednesday announced the signing of backup goaltender Jonas Hiller to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.3 million each season.