The Anaheim Ducks official site reports that the club has placed goaltender Jonas Hiller on injured reserve following “a recurrence of fatigues/lightheadedness”. Hiller saw a specialist in Vancouver recently after experiencing some troubles believed to have stemmed from a shot he took off his mask during the NHL All-Star game. Although he played in Anaheim’s easy 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Hiller experienced similar symptoms that previously caused him to miss three games.
Via Ducks official site:
Hiller reported the symptoms during practice yesterday at Honda Center and left the ice early. He had originally missed three games with the same condition, though he traveled with the team during its recent four-game road trip.
Still, neither the team or Jonas Hiller are using the word ‘concussion’ when talking about the goaltender’s recent troubles. In fact, Hiller and head coach Randy Carlyle have repeatedly said that it is not a concussion that is troubling Hiller. InGoalMag attempted to shed some light on the mystery surrounding Hiller’s “fatigue and lightheadedness”:
When [Randy] Carlyle said before last Wednesday’s game that Anaheim had sent Hiller “to some specialist to peform some form of mechanical … something along the lines of chiropractic,” he probably had no idea his audience of reporters included a concussed goalie who had booked an appointment for an eerily similar sounding specialist earlier that day. And after a week of denials from the Ducks that Hiller had a concussion despite complaining of lightheadedness and fatigue, it’s interesting to note that chiropractic practice is known for its work with athletes with head injuries and concussion symptoms, in particular hockey players and including several NHLers.
Hiller confirmed that’s who he had seen to InGoal Magazine after a hard practice, looking a little stunned when asked if the manipulations included the roof of his mouth (they did). But after a week that has included baseline concussion tests, blood work and MRI scans of his neck and head, the Swiss stopper still insisted he didn’t think he had suffered a concussion.
Whatever the case, it’s a cause for concern for the Anaheim Ducks. Hiller’s play is a big reason why the club has been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last couple of months. Through 48 games, Hiller boasts an impressive .925 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average to go along with 26 wins.
The Ducks have called up Timo Pielmeier from the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals to backup Curtis McElhinney for tonight’s game versus Washington. Hiller is currently expected to miss the Ducks’ next three games.