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Why is everyone assuming Hiller will be traded?


The Anaheim Ducks have great depth in goal. Everyone knows that. Sparkling numbers all around, AHL goalies that can win their first 6 NHL games, prospects that project to be studs... it seems inevitable that, given we have 3 NHL quality goalies, one will soon depart in one way or another.

The consensus is that Jonas Hiller will be traded, due to his (comparatively) expensive, expiring contract.

This would be an unwise decision for the Ducks.

Currently, our three main goalies have 322 games of NHL experience combined. Nothing to sneeze at, certainly. However, 287 of those games belong to Jonas Hiller. The other two goaltenders? 35 games. COMBINED, Viktor Fasth and Frederick Andersen have yet to complete ONE HALF of one full NHL season. Neither of them have any playoff action to speak of, whereas Hiller has posted a .935 SV% in 3 playoff series. So why are we so quick to cast him off and proclaim these two our starting duo? Because he might net us a 1st round draft pick at the deadline? Because he might want to resign for more than we can afford? This team is built to win now, and I argue that Jonas Hiller provides more immediate help to this team than anything we could feasibly trade or package him for. (There are no teams with current goaltending issues and elite defensemen. An elite defenseman is the only thing this team could definitely stand to add.)

Many criticize Bob Murray as an incompetent GM. Which would strike you as more incompetent, letting a starting goalie potentially hit free agency in order to gun for a deep playoff run, or entrusting the team with the best record in the NHL to two goalies with under 1/2 season of combined NHL experience? There is a calculated risk and reward to every move in hockey, and the risk of a goaltending collapse is far more dire than losing one decent asset out of the prospect cupboard. The time to rebuild is over, the time to win is now. Jonas Hiller provides us the best chance to win now, regardless of his long-term compatibility with this team.

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