The goaltending situation in Anaheim has been an interesting one all year, and it looks as if it’ll stay that way. In October, Viktor Fasth went down with an injury that had him sidelined for 14 games. In his absence, rookie goalie Frederik Anderson came up from Norfolk and was impressive, posting a 1.66 GAA and .943 SV % in seven appearances. Jonas Hiller was able to take the reins despite trade rumors surrounding his name. In 15 games this year, the Swiss net minder has a respectable .908 SV % and a 2.53 GAA. On November 15, Fasth returned to the lineup and Anderson was sent back down. Fasth played two more games for the Ducks (bringing his season total to 5) before he went down again during the warmups before Saturday’s game against the Lightning. It now looks like Fasth will miss 2-4 weeks, and Frederik Anderson is once again back in the lineup.
The Ducks have a plethora of prospects in net. Igor Bobkov, Frederik Anderson, and John Gibson all have the potential to be starting goalies in this league, and already in the NHL, the Ducks have two starters in Hiller and Fasth. Because of this, it makes sense for the Ducks to trade someone, and the best candidate appears to be Jonas Hiller. Hiller is in the final year of his contract that he signed back in 2010, and carries a cap hit of $4.5 million. The Ducks need him right now, but if Fasth is able to come back and play well while staying healthy, moving Hiller is their best option. The Ducks don’t need Jonas Hiller long-term, and he knows it, so it is unlikely that he will re-sign with the club. Hiller is 31 years old and will look to sign with a team that will play him as their starter and will sign him long-term. Fasth is one year younger than Hiller and is also cheaper, with a $2.4 million cap hit this year and a $3.4 million cap hit next year, which is the final year of his deal.
The Ducks will need to hold on to Hiller until Fasth comes back, and even then they may decide to hold on to him but will run the risk of losing him for nothing to free agency. Viktor Fasth and Frederik Anderson make a very reliable tandem in net, and they will likely be the duo of the near future. There’s no point of keeping Hiller when they have cheaper and younger options available who are just as capable. What do you think the Ducks should do?