Updates on Jonas Hiller, Dan Cleary and Hal Gill, plus the latest on the “Theodore to Boston” rumor.
ESPN.COM: In a recent post examining the upcoming season’s “top goalie timeshares”, Tim Kavanagh speculates this could be the final season with the Anaheim Ducks for netminder Jonas Hiller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hiller cannot fend off Viktor Fasth for the starter’s job this season, it certainly will be his last season with the Ducks. Otherwise, it’s not a certainty Hiller won’t be returning with the Ducks after this season. A strong performance could result in a re-signing, though his asking price in that instance would be a determining factor in his future in Anaheim.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings roster is likely set heading into training camp, which spells bad news for free agents Dan Cleary and Damien Brunner. The Wings extended contract offers to the pair earlier this summer but they’re seeking more than the club is willing to pay. The Wings are also reportedly close to re-signing Gustav Nyquist.
TORONTO SUN: Veteran NHL blueliner Hal Gill remains unsigned with training camp now less than a month away.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Gill’s size, experience and leadership abilities, I think he’ll find a one-year contract somewhere in the NHL this season.
TVASPORTS: Yvon Pedneault issues an apology to his readers after his recent report claiming Jose Theodore was close to signing with the Boston Bruins was debunked by Theodore’s agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone should hold this against Pedneault. He made a mistake and acknowledged where he went wrong. I daresay he won’t do that again.