If you look at a copy of the Ducks depth chart, you will notice something very odd. Right now they are carrying 3 goaltenders in Jean-Sebastian Giguere, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jonas Hiller.
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This made sense when the Ducks started the season because JS was on the injured reserve, however he has since returned to the lineup and is playing a strong game. Also playing well is backup Ilya Bryzgalov which begs the question; Why has Jonas Hiller not been sent down to the Portland Pirates of the AHL? Jonas Hiller is not going to get playing time right now unless JS or Ilya gets hurt, so what is Brian Burke doing?
My two best guesses would be:
#1 Brian Burke wants Jonas to continue getting his feet wet and acclimated to the travel and the style of game (NHL vs. Swiss League).
#2 Brian Burke has an impending trade in the works for either Jonas or Ilya.
At this point in the season it seems that # 2 is the more plausible answer as Brian Burke needs to address the issue of additional scoring or the Ducks chances of repeating diminishes.
Does anyone else have any ideas as to what Brian Burke is doing?
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