NHL teams are expected to pursue Hiller

Goalie Jonas Hiller has six wins for a team that finds itself with even greater goalie depth than it had after Viktor Fasth‘s emergence last season.

Rookie Frederik Andersen, substituting for an injured Fasth, followed his shutout of Dallas in relief of Hiller on Oct. 20 with a 3-0 showing on the eight-game trip.

NHL teams are expected to pursue Hiller. He’s in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.5 million this season.

Does Hiller expect to last the season with the Ducks?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t decide everything. The only thing I can do is play as good as possible. That gives me the most opportunity for next summer. We have a good team here. It’s way more fun to have success as a team and personally. If the team plays well, it’s better for a goalie. I like it here. I’d love to stay.”

Boudreau dismissed the suggestion Hiller has become expendable.

“Hiller’s a great goalie and gives us great depth,” Boudreau said. “Andersen’s played good, but it’s a very small sample size. Hiller’s been great for five years. You’re not giving up on anybody who has been that good for you, who’s won playoff rounds for you, and then . . . anoint a guy who’s won four games.”