The Anaheim Ducks have had to fend off trade rumors dating back to last season for goaltender Jonas Hiller, but Tuesday night Ducks general manager Bob Murray put an end to any trade speculation involving his netminder.
“There’s not a chance in hell that I’m moving Jonas Hiller,” Murray told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “I’m tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere.”
Frederik Anderson’s play this season ramped up the speculation that Hiller could be on the block after the 24-year-old Danish goalie posted a 10-2 record with a 2.07 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. However, he was returned to AHL Norfolk on Friday.
The 31-year-old Hiller is tied with Antti Niemi for second in the NHL for wins with 23, trailing Marc Andre-Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins by three.
For the season, Hiller is 23-4-4 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with three shutouts. The GAA is his best mark since his rookie year when he appeared in 23 games and he is on pace to establish a new career-high in shutouts.
The Ducks are in first place in the Pacific Division with a 35-8-5 record and are coming off a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings where Hiller turned away all 22 shots he faced on Sunday.