Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames hope that goaltender Jonas Hiller will return to action next week after undergoing minor surgery for an appendicitis attack while working out in Switzerland.
“The procedure nowadays … they can do it arthroscopically,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “They’re saying within nine to 12 days you’re up and back to normal.
“Hiller’s agent felt by next week that he’s right back in the swing of things. The hope and the plan and the expectation right now is that there’s no long recovery period,” Treliving added.
Hiller signed with the Flames on July 1 as a free agent. His two-year contract reportedly is worth $9 million.
The 32-year-old Hiller was 29-13-7 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 50 regular-season games for the Anaheim Ducks in 2013-14.
However, he lost his starting job during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was benched in favor of Frederik Andersen to start the playoffs against the Dallas Stars.
Hiller after briefly regaining the No. 1 spot because of an injury to Andersen before the Ducks turned to John Gibson during the second round against the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks lost the series in seven games.
Hiller won at least 26 games in each of the past four full seasons for the Ducks.