With the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has a problem. He has to move a goaltender. The question is which goaltender should he move?
He has already gone on record to say that Jonas Hiller (23-4-4, .914 SA percentage, 2.35 GAA) is not going anywhere. This is a complete turnaround from the offseason as many trade rumors swirled around Hiller.
The Ducks have also made a 2-year commitment to Viktor Fasth but he has been hurt for much of this season missing 23 games since a pregame injury Nov 22. At the time of the contract, it was widely thought that Hiller was out and Fasth in but with Hiller’s play now, it might be the other way around.
The Ducks love their goaltending and have an extremely talented goalie of the future in John Gibson, who carried the US to World Championship bronze medal over the summer outplaying Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop.
Does Murray try resigning Hiller, who is playing lights out in this amazing win streak, to stay and ship out Fasth? It would be a difficult thing resigning Hiller as Gibson is nearly ready for a starting job and Hiller is going to want to ring the bell for a significant raise and have a lengthy term on his contract.
Fasth will have some trade value based off his body of work last season with a few suitors. One that comes to mind are the Winnipeg Jets as they have become disillusioned with Ondrej Pavelec and new head coach Paul Maurice may want a different guy and Fasth has term left on his deal.
The other notion is if Hiller is truly off the table, it means Murray is willing to walk away, getting nothing in return for him. Something many Ducks fans may not enjoy as it doesn’t help the franchise long-term.
It’s going to be very interesting to see if Murray stands true to his word and keeps Hiller off the trade block especially if Fasth plays like he did last year.