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Changing of the Guard

by Dickie Dunn | January 31, 2015, 5:20 PM ET

One of the biggest question marks coming into this season for the Vancouver Vipers was their goaltender situation. Would 39 year old Evgeni Nabokov be able to take the Vipers to the post season again? Fans had their doubts when the team re-signed him in the off season to a contract extension after failing to sign a big name free agent goltender like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Funny how things can change in four months.

The Vipers have finally landed a solid number one goalie in Jonas Hiller. The team made the deal with the Boston Colonials by giving up a third round pick in the 2016 draft and the goaltender who has the franchise record in every single major goaltender stat category for the Vipers. It was deal that the franchise HAD to make.

At a press conference earlier today GM Bryce Crittenden confirmed that something needed to change. "First, I want to thank Nabby for being such a great pro. There was a lot of heat on him this year from everyone and he handled everything just great. This was a move we made for the future of our club. Jonas is our guy and we've now set up a nice battle in our crease next year between Hiller, Dustin TokarskiCalvin Pickard, and Chad Johnson. We now have that depth that we've been looking for."

Jonas Hiler wil now be suiting up for his third team this year after being signed to big money by the Havana Revolution then being traded to the Boston Colonials after only one game. Hiller didn't hold back any punches when discussing his time in Cuba. "Do you know how hard it is to move to Cuba? Let me just say that there is a TON of paperwork. For me to get traded after one game was really aggrivating. I'm just happy to be going to the Vipers where I'm wanted as their number one goaltender. My goal is to lead this team to the playoffs."


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