|"When I think about it, it makes me feel sad because I’ve had quite a few great years here, and it’s always weird when something like that comes to an end. You’re always hoping, but at the same time, you have to face reality. At the same time, I was fortunate to be with an organization like the Ducks for seven years. They helped me a lot to get where I am right now. It’s going to be a new challenge, and I’m excited about that too." |
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller
's future with the organization has not been officially decided, but the 32-year-old is an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. Hiller, who only started two playoff games this postseason (but did appear in six of the 13), spoke to a gathering of media during the Ducks' exit interviews day at Honda Center.
On his future,
There is probably a real good chance that I’ve played my last game with the Ducks. When I think about it, it makes me feel sad because I’ve had quite a few great years here, and it’s always weird when something like that comes to an end. You’re always hoping, but at the same time, you have to face reality. At the same time, I was fortunate to be with an organization like the Ducks for seven years. They helped me a lot to get where I am right now. It’s going to be a new challenge, and I’m excited about that too. I’m not worried too much about it right now. On talks with Ducks management,
I haven’t talked to Bob [Murray] yet, but I know my agent has been talking to him in the last couple weeks. They made it sound that it probably won’t be the case that I’ll be back. I assume it’s the same now, so we’ll see. On whether he saw it coming,
I kind of felt like I wasn’t trusted, and I didn’t play big games against the good teams. I felt like that trust was missing a little bit. I know I had a few games which were not my best, but I felt like at the same time, normally I always find a way to get back to the level where it needs to be. Those things happen, and it’s the tough part of being a goalie. In the end, it’s one guy playing, and if you’re not the guy, it’s always a tough situation. But looking back, I still have to say it was a pretty good year, especially up to the Olympics and even after that. Even in the playoffs, I felt like when I was needed, I played as good as I can, and I was able to help the team. I wish I had the chance to play more, but at the same time, I don’t have any regrets or things I would say I would have done differently. I tried to be there for the team, and in the end, I knew what I did for the team and what the team did for me. It wasn’t like I shut it down or anything. I wanted the team to have success. To be here speaking, and still having other teams playing, it’s disappointing. On how much he talked to coaches regarding his playing status,
About the decision if I’m playing or not, I never was the guy arguing with that. It’s not me who has to make that decision, so I normally don’t argue with that. I definitely talked to Bruce about it, but that’s a different story. On the ice, all I can do is play well. I’m not a guy who goes into the coach’s office and tries to convince him to play me. If he’s not convinced himself that I’m the best choice, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him that you are. On Game 7,
To lose in Game 7 is always tough, but I thought we played a really good series. In that last game, they were just hungrier, especially in the beginning. Trying to comeback against such a structured team who plays really solid in their own zone, it’s tough. That’s their game, they just sit back waiting to get chances. On younger goalies like Frederik Andersen and John Gibson waiting in the wings,
I think this organization has done a really good job drafting guys, signing free agents and finding guys. The goaltending at any level of this organization is really high. We showed in the playoffs that we have three guys who can play and win in the playoffs. I don’t think there are too many organizations can say that. It was a little trial and error from them, seeing what those two young guys can do. I can totally see both of those guys being starters in this league in the years coming up. On how he's handled it,
At the end, it’s a business, and there are business decisions. It’s part of being a professional athlete. It’s not like everyone can play, especially at the goalie position. There is always somebody who has to sit on the bench. Fortunately, it wasn’t me too often over the last few years, but this time it was me. At the end, all I can do is be there for the team if I was needed, and I think I did a good job of that. Things change, and at the same time, if I get a chance to play somewhere else, I’m excited to have a new challenge and be in a new environment. I’m looking forward to that.