Hiller on IR; Pielmeier Recalled

Tuesday, 02.08.2011 / 6:30 PM / News
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Hiller on IR; Pielmeier Recalled
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Ducks have placed goalie Jonas Hiller, who is day-to-day with fatigue/lightheadedness, on injured reserve. Hiller is eligible to be activated this Thursday (Feb. 10), as the move is retroactive to Feb. 3. 

Hiller did not play in Anaheim's last game, a 3-0 win over the Avalanche in Denver in which backup Curtis McElhinney earned his second straight shutout. He was pulled in the first period of his last appearance, a 4-3 loss to the Sharks on February 2 at Honda Center. Hiller skated with the team for the first time since that game today in Vancouver, where the Ducks play the Canucks tomorrow night. 

Hiller, who played in his first All-Star game two weekends ago in Raleigh, N.C.,  has compiled a .934 SV% (394-of-422) and a 2.33 GAA (28 GA/721 MIN) over his last 14 games (9-3-0). He is tied for second in the NHL in wins (25-16-3), second in appearances (47), first in saves (1,361), tied for sixth in SV% (.925), and tied for sixth in shutouts (4).

Meanwhile, Anaheim has recalled goaltender Timo Pielmeier from the Elmira Jackals, Anaheim’s development affiliate in the ECHL.

Pielmeier, 21 (7/7/89), was recalled by Anaheim from the Syracuse Crunch (American Hockey League) on Feb. 4 and assigned to Elmira on Feb. 6. He was also recalled from Syracuse (Ducks' primary American Hockey League affiliate) on Jan. 22 and reassigned on Jan. 24 (has not appeared in an NHL game). He has appeared in 27 games for Syracuse this season, going 10-14-1 with a 3.33 goals against average (77 GA/1389 MIN) and .901 save percentage (704-of-781). He went 4-2 with the Crunch from Dec. 31-Jan. 19, compiling a 2.39 GAA (15 GA/377 MIN) and .921 SV% (174-of-189). A native of Deggendorf, Germany, Pielmeier won three consecutive games from Oct. 16-23, allowing just one goal in each of his appearances for a 1.00 GAA (3 GA/180 GA) and .969 SV% (94-of-97).

Acquired from San Jose with Nick Bonino in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen on Mar. 4, 2009, Pielmeier appeared in his first professional season with Bakersfield (ECHL) in 2009-10, posting a 27-22-5 record with a 3.29 GAA (178 GA/3251 MIN) and .883 SV% in a franchise-record 57 games. He finished his rookie season ranked fifth among ECHL goaltenders in GAA and also participated in the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 20 in Ontario, CA. Pielmeier was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November, 2009 after going 6-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .925 SV% in eight appearances.

Hiller and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle spoke to media Tuesday afternoon:

Hiller

On skating with the team for the first time since Feb. 2
It was all right. I was on the ice for quite a while (more than an hour). It was different. It still doesn’t feel 100 percent, but it was good to be back on the ice. I guess we have to see how it develops tonight, if I still feel all right or what’s going to happen. It seems all right now, but I’m still not quite there.

It was different (tracking the puck today). I felt actually pretty good, just stopping the puck and everything. It’s kind of like just a feeling, like seeming like being all over the place. It’s tough to explain.

On whether he's making progress
Definitely (making progress). I’m definitely feeling better. It’s not everything how it’s supposed to be. I still feel a little off, but I really hope it’s not going to get worse tonight and we can go forward from here.

On his symptoms
It’s tough to explain – probably lightheadedness. It just doesn’t seem to be right around me. It’s tough to say. We’re still trying to figure out what exactly is the problem. I think just getting some rest definitely already helps.

We can’t really explain – that’s kind of like the tough part. It just kind of came. We are hoping it just goes away the same way it came.

On whether getting hit in mask in the All-Star Game had anything to do with it
I don’t think so because like the next two days, I felt all right. Even in practice (last week), I didn’t have any issues. I doubt it’s from that.

On whether he's experienced this before
No. I have no idea what it’s from. That’s also the tough part because if something’s hurt and you know what happened or what to take care of – right now it just seems to be not being right, and it’s tough to find out what it’s from.

Carlyle
Obviously, we’re going to make sure that he feels 110 percent. I guess this would just be the next step. He’s worked out a little bit. Get back on the ice, get his feet underneath him. If he doesn’t have any recurring symptoms – it didn’t look like that from where I was viewing it. I’m not the player. I’m not the one that’s feeling the lightheadedness. The aura around him is a little bit concerning for everybody, but it seems like now he’s on his way to recovery.

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