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Calgary signs Hiller: two years, $9 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, of the Czech Republic, gets water after giving up a goal to Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) AP

The Calgary Flames have added another candidate in the competition for their No. 1 goalie gig, inking ex-Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller to a two-year, $9 million pact, per TSN.

Hiller, 32, was drummed out of Anaheim last season when head coach Bruce Boudreau opted to use both Frederik Andersen and John Gibson ahead of him in the playoffs. The 32-year-old Swiss netminder, who spent all six of his NHL seasons with the Ducks, leaves as the franchise’s third-all time in goalie games played (326), wins (162) and shutouts (21).

In Calgary, Hiller will be in direct competition with Karri Ramo for the No. 1 gig though, based on the money he’s received ($4.5 million annual cap hit), Hiller will probably enter as the starter. The club also has Finnish prospect Joni Ortio in the system — Ortio showed well in limited time last season and will spent the year in the AHL, where he’ll have a chance to play all the time.

  1. timmylaz99 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Great signing for the Flames!

    • patthehockeyfan - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Agreed. Great pick-up for the Flames.

      Boudreau treated Hiller like the Caps treated Neuvirth. In the case of the Ducks, it cost them when they started Gibson in Game 7 of the second round against the Kings. Gibson is a great rookie goaltender, and he stood on his head in the games he played (most of them). But, starting him in an elimination game? Not a good idea – as Boudreau found out.

      Plus, Boudreau telling the press that Hiller lost his confidence? That’s just bad coaching.

      Good for Hiller. He’s a good goalie, and I hope he succeeds. Especially if/when he plays the Ducks.

      • oldboyy26 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Gibson had absolutely nothing to do with that loss. Did you even watch the game? The team in front of him didn’t show up until mid 2nd period and by then Gibson was already hung out to dry.

  2. ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    holy balls that’s cheap.

    • darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      not really considering the goalie market, but good deal for Flames

  3. areaman714 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Thanks for your services all these years with the Ducks, Jonas! Good luck in Calgary!

  4. bluesdroogie - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Well the top 2 ufa goalies are now off the market. This has certainly been a busy 2 hours

  5. pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Wow. Hiller > Miller and at 1.5 mil difference. Surprised the Jets didn’t sign him.

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