Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hiller signs extension

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Jonas Hiller to a two-year contract extension through the 2009-10 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
>> team release
The latest Swiss netminder to come to the NHL, Hiller was very good for the Ducks in spot duty last season and got better as the year went on.

Hiller had the NHL's second-best GAA and save percentage after March 1, and went 8-4-0 in his last 12 starts.

He should see more time in goal this season and would be a capable replacement if Jean-Sebastien Giguere is hurt.

UPDATE The deal is for $1.3-million per year.



At 4:06 p.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger Devin said...

Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Why do they do this? Salary numbers always come out within 24 hours or so of every signing, so what's the big secret? I guess this is par for the course for a league that would call a fractured skull an "undisclosed upper-body injury".

At 4:20 p.m., June 11, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

UPDATE The deal is for $1.3-million per year.

A bit high to back up a $6-million goaltender, but I'll take it.

What can I say? I'm afraid I've become entirely too enamored with the semi-offensive yell "Heil Hiller!" at Ducks games.

At 4:53 p.m., June 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to my German history professor, a lot of people named Hitler actually did change their name to "Hiller" post WW2.

so, uh, Earl, you might wanna watch that.

(Now if it's done vs. the Kings and Dave Lewis is in the house, that's another story.)


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