To the surprise of few, the Nashville Predators have found life to be very rough without goaltender Pekka Rinne in the crease. Since he has been out with a bacterial infection in his hip, the Preds have been leaking goals left right with their inexperienced goalies.

SO it would make sense if GM David POile weren't at least considering the options out there to try and get the Predators through a difficult stretch and keep them in the playoff race. That reportedly has Poile in contact with Bob Murray in Anaheim about one of his myriad goalies, specifically former All-Star Jonas Hiller.

According to TSN Insider Trading's Pierre LeBrun, the teams have had a some discussions.

The Predators have given up a ton of goals since Pekka Rinne went down; not really a big surprise. Carter Hutton, kind of an unknown commodity, has not answered the bell so the Predators and the Anaheim Ducks, I'm told, have had discussions regarding Jonas Hiller. But what the Predators have told the Ducks is that we need to know about Rinne's health before we decide whether or not we have to make a goalie trade. If they get good news, maybe they could hold off and survive but if it looks like it's going to be longer than they thought, than maybe they'll have to make a trade, and Hiller -- as we've been saying for a month -- is very much available from Anaheim.

It seems strange that a team in the lower half of the standings would be calling a team at the top of the standings but the Ducks have a somewhat unusual situation in net. Hiller is a free agent after this season and it's hard to see him returning. The Ducks also have Viktor Fasth hitting free agency this summer while they are playing Frederik Andersen in net at the moment and don't forget they have hotshot prospect John Gibson in the system. Gibson has been a standout for the American national team in international competitions.