NHL free agency is in full swing and players are wasting no time in finding teams with contracts they like. Already we’ve seen big names like Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny and other ink new deals with new teams and the turnover rate is exciting to watch.
Another big name to switch uniforms this summer is netminder Jonas Hiller who has gone from the Anaheim Ducks up north to Alberta, Canada where he has signed a two-year deal wit the Calgary Flames.
CGY signs Jonas Hiller to two-year deal with AAV of $4.5M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2014
Hiller was the Ducks starting goalie for the past few seasons but he fell on hard times late in this most recent season and was eventually replaced by Fredrick Andersen who he himself was eventually replaced thanks to an injury in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Now that he’s with the Flames, Hiller will have a chance to prove himself again as we stays in the western Conference but moves to a team that is builfing itself up still. Anaheim is Cup contender at the moment but the Flames are still trying to figure out an identity for themselves and they’re clearly going to use Hiller to help them find that.
He won’t become the identity of the Flames — at least that’s not the likely design — but Hiller is an excellent netminder when he’s firing on all cylinders and the Flames are betting that they get that version of Hiller and not the one we saw fizzle out at the end of his Ducks career.