Jonas Hiller

Jonas Hiller dealing with vertigo-like symptoms

When Hiller was put on IR back on February 16, it was reported that he’d miss the next three games. After those 3 games have come and gone, the entire Ducks organization would probably give up part of their salary to make that original prognosis a reality. Instead, Hiller will miss his fourth straight game tonight and is no better now than he was a week ago.

So what happened in those three games he missed? 7 goals allowed at home against the Capitals. 5 goals allowed in St. Paul against the Wild. And then, the hammer: the Ducks laid a 9 goal egg against the Blues. That’s 21 goals in three games for those of you playing at home.

The worst part of the entire situation is the fear of the unknown.

“They’ve kind of ruled it out, the concussion thing,” Hiller said after the Ducks’ morning skate in which he was not part of. “They’re saying its kind of vertigo. They couldn’t really tell me where it’s coming from or whatever.
“That’s kind of the tough part, to kind of like just accept it and not knowing where it’s coming from. Just work with that and try to desensitize my brain with all the input that I get from my body.

“The game in Edmonton was kid of so-so,” he said. “I was hoping to feel better the next few days. It kind of went the other way. I definitely felt worse in that practice. I didn’t feel good at all.”

As a temporary remedy, the Ducks have sent back-up Timo Pielmeier back down to Syracuse and have recalled noted pugilist veteran goaltender Ray Emery. The original plan was for Emery to ease his way back into the swing of things for about two weeks and then bring him up to Anaheim as needed. Apparently, management has decided that three starts in the AHL enough of a conditioning stint. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Emery’s already been recalled.

The plan is for Jonas Hiller to be the all-world starter like he’s been all year with Ray Emery serving as a capable back-up. Those are the plans. But for now, it’s Ray Emery’s job to help the Ducks right the ship and Curtis McElhinney’s job to stop giving up a touchdown every time he’s in the net. With the Ducks currently tied for 9th in the Western Conference playoff race, they can ill-afford to waste any opportunities to earn points.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.