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Antti Niemi Signing Official

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed Group III un-restricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Niemi, who turned 27 on Aug. 29, helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last season, posting a 16-6 mark in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage along with two shutouts.

During the 2009-10 regular season with Chicago, he notched a 26-7-4 mark in 39 games, with a 2.25 goals-against average (4th in the NHL) and a .912 save percentage and seven shutouts (3rd in the NHL).

“Antti’s play last season speaks for itself,” said Wilson.  “Our goal this summer was to create the best goaltending unit we could and we feel we have successfully done that.”

The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Vantaa, Finland was originally signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent on May 5, 2008.

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Matt Fry's avatar

This could work.  Good goalie tandem.  Still… was hoping for another defenseman but this is still good, depending on the contract of course.  Then again, on year contract works for me.  At least we’ll know if Niemi was a one hit wonder or not.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 09/02/10 at 11:46 AM ET

Leafsfan 4life's avatar

Two wrongs do not make a right. This is much like having two starting corner backs in the NFL. It rarely works out. Having two goalies does not guarantee success.

Having two goalies will force alot of switching on and off. Neither one of them will really get to settle down and get comfortable if they are constantly being switched.

I guess Niemi probably has the popular vote. I cant see him being on the bench.

Posted by Leafsfan 4life from North America on 09/02/10 at 06:00 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

I just think if one goalie falters, they can always turn to the other one.  That’s why Wilson only signed him for one year.  At least it won’t be a long-term commitment.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 09/11/10 at 12:09 AM ET

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