After the Sabres starting goaltender Robin Lehner went down to what is called a "lower body" injury, Tim Murray is out shopping for a goaltender. Reports state that the Sabres are showing interest in Calgary Flames backup goaltender Jonas Hiller. A trade for the Swiss goaltender would probably cost a few mid draft picks as well as a depth player.
Since making the all star game in 2011, Hiller has struggled to hang on to a starting job. In 2010-2011, Hiller finished with a .924 save percentage. He went 46-26-16 and a 2.56 goals against average. He since has lost his starting job to three young goalies. Frederik Andersen and John Gibson beat him out after Hiller's constant inconsistent play.
In Calgary, Hiller helped lead the Flames to a playoff birth with a 44-26-19 record through 52 games. He tied his second highest career goals against average with a 2.36 GAA. Hiller's play dropped off in the playoffs. He went 3-3 against the Canucks in the first round before being benched for Karri Ramo who led the Flames to the second round. Hiller is still in Calgary but with the Fl
ames investing in Ramo as the potential goaltender of the future, they might be willing to let Hiller go for a fair price.
At 6'2 Hiller relies a lot on his athleticism and quickness to make saves. Often his technique is sloppy which is a key component in why bigger, more fundamentally sound goalies have replaced the 33 year old.
Your either going to be wowed by Hiller or frustrated with him but if the Sabres are truly interested in acquiring a solid option to help Chad Johnson at goalie, Hiller might be the answer.