The Ducks have bigger problems than they thought. Jonas Hiller, who missed a week after the All-Star break with fatigue and lightheadedness, is still not well. He came off of IR and played against Edmonton on Sunday, getting the win.
However, Hiller has had a return of the symptoms that have plagued him since early February. They were reported after practice on Tuesday. As a precautionary measure, the Ducks have immediately placed him back on IR, which means he will miss the next week at a minimum and will not be going with the Ducks on their upcoming road trip.
Hiller will continue to be evaluated by doctors and medical personnel, who will try to determine exactly what is ailing the goaltender.
“He’s just saying he’s got that lightheadedness,” coach Randy Carlyle commented. ”He’s got to go through I would say a number of tests to cross off the list of things that quite possibility could be affecting this, from heart monitoring to equilibrium to chiropractic … that battery of tests to find out why he’s feeling the way he is.”
In the meantime, Curtis McElhinney will be reinserted in net with Timo Pielmeier called up once again from the ECHL to back him up.
McElhinney has performed admirably in Hiller’s absence and he will have to be sharp this evening when the Ducks take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
There is no doubt that Hiller’s teammates will be thinking about him.
“It’s a major concern,” said Toni Lydman after the morning skate. ”We don’t know what’s going on. You’re always worried. He’s a big part of this team. A big part of why we’re in the race and doing so well right now. It’d be nice to have some kind of answers.”
Lydman had his own unanswered questions earlier in the year when he experienced a severe bout of double vision that kept him out of training camp and the first few weeks of the season.
Hopefully Hiller will not be out as long and they will determine the cause shortly.
In other notes: The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up Aaron Voros in exchange for a 2011 draft pick. Voros had been sent to Syracuse on February 9 after clearning waivers in order to make room on the roster for Ryan Getzlaf, who was returning from injury.