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Report: Preds have inquired about Hiller, other goalies

Nov 22, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have spoken with the Anaheim Ducks about potentially acquiring goalie Jonas Hiller, ESPN reports.

The Preds have been without franchise netminder Pekka Rinne for the last four weeks due to complications from offseason hip surgery. Rinne will have a MRI on his hip sometime next week, at which time Nashville will have a clearer understanding of his timetable for return.

According to ESPN, Preds GM David Poile has kicked the tires on Hiller but also explored options elsewhere. The 31-year-old Swiss ‘tender probably makes the most sense, though, as he’s a UFA at season’s end and expendable, given Anaheim’s outstanding depth in goal.

Current No. 2 Viktor Fasth is locked in ’til 2015 and the club is extremely high on Frederik Andersen, the 24-year-old rookie that starred in his NHL debut, going 6-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA and .943 save percentage before getting sent back to AHL Norfolk.

Anaheim has a fourth goalie in this mix: John Gibson, the 39th overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He beat out Ben Bishop for Team USA’s No. 1 gig at last year’s World Championships, a stellar performance spurred his former OHL Kitchener goalie coach to remark that Gibson “is ready for the NHL right now.”

As for Nashville, the club could always continue to roll with Marek Mazanec. The 22-year-old rookie has one each of his last three starts — vs. Chicago, in Detroit and in Toronto — and has essentially taken the No. 1 gig away from Carter Hutton.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    The hawks would be a good candidate, but with their cap issue + Ducks not wanting to help someone they could face in the WC finals, I don’t think that will go anywhere. What’s surprising is that the Islanders are not making a move, as they have th need, the cap space and the prospects.

    • thailer35 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Why would the Hawk’s be a candidate?

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Bulin’s been an absolute disaster as a backup and Crawford’s wearing out having to play both parts of back to backs. Their up and coming longer term guy is in his 1st AHL season (Antti Raanta) and not ready. Hiller would be a rental to enable them to get thru this year and keep their cup hopes alive. They can’t count on scoring 5/6 goals a night.

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Jonas Hiller “The Shark Killer”. Please make this happen, then maybe the Sharks can start beating the Ducks more.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    The preds can’t really afford to lose anyone tho to be honest, and as soon as Rinne comes back they won’t need Hiller. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • kingcobraman - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      makes perfect sense Rinne is done for the year… Hiller is a ufa at the end of the year…if Rinne makes it back after all the rehab u flip Hiller at the trade deadline…. if you don’t make the deal the preads have little chance in making the playoffs…

  4. kingcobraman - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Rinne is done for the year… hiller makes perfect sense ….ufa at the end of year,, if Rinne does make it back u flip him at the trade dead line….

    • vshehane - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Why would you make a statemnent that you have obviously no basis for? Are you his physician?

      • kingcobraman - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        your not familiar with the curse of the newly signed long term contract…

    • fearthefangs - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Rinne is expected back by Christmas. Mezanec is doing fine. Preds should probably hold off on making a move.

  5. flash8910 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    What do you guys think the Preds would offer? 2nd round pick? 3rd round? Ducks are pretty deep, and don’t really need any position players. Can’t see the Preds offering too much for a UFA.

    • mikebel11 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Any team that’s hoping to win a cup can always use more veteran centremen. Paul Gaustad is a high percentage faceoff guy and a good penalty killer and can also play the wing. The Ducks are a little thin a left wing so that helps. Matt Cullen is all the same things as Gaustad but with a little more offense but he just signed in Nashville so I don’t see ten giving him up. With the ducks playing the way they are I don’t think they’ll be interested in draft picks. They’ll be looking for help in the playoffs. I don’t really see them trading their only goalie with playoff experience though. They’d probly be better off keeping him and leaving Anderson in the minors for some more seasoning. 7 games doesn’t tell the story when it comes to a goalie. You can probly get a late rounder for Hiller’s rights before the draft if it comes down to it or at least more from the Islanders wat the trade deadline who are looking for a starter beyond this year not a rental.

  6. wmsshapiro - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I can’t believe this year it’s the year of the goaltender . All this year all the great goalies are getting injured. I guess we are going to have a big rash of trades soon before the trading deadline. Lets hope for the best. Teams don’t give up the farm for a goaltender. This a hope that all the injured goaltenders get better fast.

  7. jernster21 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    *won

  8. mclovinhockey - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Weber for Hiller it’s an E6.
    (Audience laughs)
    An E6, that means it has to be true
    (Audience laughs again, cue cheesy music and cut to commercial)

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