Wednesday, June 11, 2008

All Down Hiller for Ducks

On Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they had locked up their back-up goaltender, Jonas Hiller, to a new 2-year deal, with salary figures not disclosed. Hiller, 26, from Switzerland, managed to register 10 wins for the Ducks and add an assist for 21 points, in pool scoring. He looks to be the full-time guy in Anaheim, which is good news for the poolies come Draft Day. The Ducks had their doubts last summer, as to who would back-up J-S Giguere, but it looks solid for 2009.

Ryan GetzlafChris ProngerJean-Sebastien Giguere
Chris KunitzMathieu SchneiderJonas Hiller
Todd BertuzziScott Niedermayer
Todd MarchantFrancois Beauchemin
Rob NiedermayerKent Huskins
Samuel PahlssonSean O'Donnell
Travis Moen
George Parros
Brad May

Even with the trade of Marc-Andre Bergeron to Minnesota yesterday, there are still plenty of questions about the Ducks roster. Hiller re-ups the team's total of 17 regular players signed on for next season, but the cost is still quite high.

Looking at the roster and the cap numbers, it is likely that a guys like Mathieu Schneider, Todd Marchant, Francois Beauchemin and Sean O'Donnell are all on the block.

Also on Wednesday, the Ducks signed prospect centre, Andrew Ebbett, to a 2-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ebbett debuted with the Ducks this season, playing 3 games and not registering a point. He could be a key player on a cash-strapped squad this season.

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