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Ducks sign Hiller to four-year deal; Johnson out of Kings' lineup, Jones in

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Both local hockey teams are making news today.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller, who beat out Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the Ducks' starting job, gave up a chance at unrestricted free agency and agreed to a four-year, $18-million contract.

Hiller, who will be 28 on Feb. 12, has a .916 save percentage and 2.75 goals-against average in 39 appearances this season. He will play for Switzerland in the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.

As for the Kings, they won't have defenseman Jack Johnson tonight against Boston. Johnson sustained a sore arm against Columbus on Thursday and won't play. He will be replaced by Randy Jones, who has been a healthy scratch the Last four games. Davis Drewiske is ready to play after recovering from an upper-body injury but Coach Terry Murray decided to go with Jones today.

More soon at www.latimes.com/sports.

-- Helene Elliott, reporting from Boston

Photo: Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller stops Lightning center Jeff Halpern during a shootout on Friday in Tampa Bay. Credit: Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

 
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