On Tuesday, Hiller signed a three-year contract to play in Switzerland for EHC Biel, Sportsnet reports. Hiller, who would've been an unrestricted free agent this summer, just completed the second year of a $9 million deal with the Flames, which proved to be a real money burner with the netminder finishing 2015-16 with an atrocious 3.51 GAA and .879 save percentage. He also had a losing record at 9-11-1. The awful year came as a surprise, since Hiller won 26 games thanks to a 2.36 GAA and .918 save mark in the previous campaign, his first go-around with the Flames after seven seasons with the Ducks. Still, at this juncture, the 34-year-old should be more comfortable returning to his native land to stop pucks. One would think the one-time NHL All-Star's career is over, but we'll see how he fares in the Swiss league before jumping to that conclusion.
Calgary general manager Brad Treliving has told Hiller the Flames will not bring him back next season, Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reports. Hiller had an awful season, with a 3.51 GAA and .879 save percentage. A team will likely sign him as a backup, but he certainly didn't make a case in 2015-16 for being an everyday starter.
Hiller was pulled after giving up three goals on five shots in just 6:51 of ice time in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to Anaheim. At least the beatdown wasn't all Hiller's fault, as the Ducks managed to shell Niklas Backstrom for five more tallies before the night was through. This was Anaheim's franchise-record 23rd straight home win against the Flames, so expectations shouldn't have been very high to begin with.
Hiller will draw the start for Wednesday's game against the Ducks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Hiller's last action came March 21 against the Maple Leafs, followed by three games off. The team continues to roster three goaltenders, and none have separated himself enough to be worthy of a workhorse role. He'll look to turn around an atrocious start to March (4.05 GAA, .862 save percentage) Wednesday, but faces a tough matchup against a Ducks club that's beaten him nine times over two games this season. it may be best to avoid him in both season-long and daily leagues despite the limited slate.
Hiller stopped 21 of 24 shots in Monday's loss to the Maple Leafs. The final score ended up looking a bit more lopsided, as Toronto tacked on a pair of empty-net goals, but it was still enough to move Hiller to 1-7-0 in his last eight starts. The 34-year-old has given up at least three goals in all seven of the losses in that span and is having by far the worst campaign of his career.
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