Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller confirmed Friday that he is free of vertigo symptoms and expects to be ready for training camp next month.
Hiller, who missed most of the final three months of the 2010-11 season due to vertigo, has been training at his home in Switzerland for the past month.
"I'm happy to be feeling better and looking forward to getting back with my teammates," Hiller said on a conference call. "It's been a long process, but I feel great and I'm ready to help this team win."
The 29-year-old 26-16-3 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 49 games.
Although Hiller says he is "feeling great" in practice sessions, he isn't sure how long it will take him to regain his form.
"I hope it's the first game of the season," he said. "Sure, I wish I would know what caused (the vertigo) just to prevent it in the future. I'm just happy I'm feeling better. If somebody can tell me at some point, it's cool. If not, it's not going to change how I feel right now. I'm feeling good and that makes me happy."
No Doughty deal ... yet
The Los Angeles Kings have not re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Drew Doughty, despite reports saying he'd agreed to a new contract.
Doughty's agent, Don Meehan, refuted a report on hockeybuzz.com that the deal was done.
"No, not at all. That's certainly not accurate," Meehan told the Los Angeles Times. "We don't have a deal."
According to the Times report, the Kings offered Doughty a nine-year deal with an average annual salary of $6.5 million. Doughty, though, apparently wants a shorter term.
The 21-year-old from London, Ont., has quickly developed into one of the NHL's top defencemen. In 2010-11, after being nominated for the Norris Trophy the previous year, Doughty had 11 goals and 29 assists in 76 games.
Shark in mix
The Phoenix Coyotes reportedly have another interested buyer.
Former San Jose Sharks president and CEO Greg Jamison has emerged as the key figure in an ownership group interested in buying the Coyotes and keeping them in Phoenix, according to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal.
The report says Jamison is expected to work out a sale agreement with the NHL, which includes putting down money to get exclusive negotiating rights with the league and city of Glendale. The NHL has owned the franchise since October 2009, when it bought out of bankruptcy for $140 million.
Jamison was president and CEO of the Sharks from 1996 to 2010. He is still listed among the team's ownership group and serves on its board.