Ducks goaltender Dan Ellis had sports hernia surgery Friday. He’s expected to miss an additional four to six weeks.
Ellis was initially injured on January 7th with a torn groin and it looks like we will be without him for awhile longer.
Jeff Deslauriers and Iiro Tarkki have taken turns backing up Jonas Hiller while Ellis has been injured. Hiller has played basically every single game since Ellis’ injury. Although Hiller doesn’t mind, this is could be a huge problem.
Hiller is the key to the Ducks success. Without him, they’d be screwed to say the least. He has been phenomenal all season and we need him, especially when it comes playoff time.
I don’t know if Boudreau expects Hiller to never need a rest, but he will have to let him rest eventually. Tarkki and Deslauriers may not be ideal, but neither is Ellis. Now might be the worst time to have goaltending issues, but we have to deal with the hand dealt to us.