Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller wasn't worried about his hockey career this summer.
For a while he wasn't thinking about hockey at all.
The 29-year-old stopped practicing with the team during the postseason. He and his girlfriend then went to Hawaii, then back home to Switzerland, while many in Southern California wondered when and if Hiller could ever regain the All-Star form that fizzled in a mysterious haze of vertigo-like symptoms.
As it turns out, a little time off was just what the doctor ordered.
"Day by day, it went better and better," Hiller said Friday on a conference call from Switzerland. "I guess for the last month and a half when I've been skating, it's been progressing almost day by day. At some point, I pretty much have to say I am where I used to be."
Now that Hiller's symptoms are gone, and he plans to report on time, the Ducks have answered one of their biggest question marks heading into training camp.
This good news comes in spite of the fact not all of Hiller's questions were answered.
Once he got home, he sought to determine the cause of his symptoms, which began after the All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C. Many have speculated his head was jarred when a puck struck his goalie mask in the game; others believe it was a combination of the puck and the ensuing cross-country flight back to California.