Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/25/10 at 03:53 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
At the time of the signing, GM Doug Wilson cited Niemi as a key reason the Sharks were swept by Chicago in the Western Conference final. Would lightning strike twice for the long-suffering Sharks, who have never advanced to a Cup final let alone won a Stanley Cup, with Niemi in the fold? Well, so far it’s been more charred rubble than lightning as Niemi has been a major disappointment through the first couple of weeks of the season.
Niemi has lost three straight and lasted just 8:36 on Sunday as the Calgary Flames poured three past him in less than half a period. Overall, Niemi’s numbers look like this: 1-3 record, .854 save percentage and 4.49 GAA. In short, it looks like Antero Niittymaki may end up winning the starting job in San Jose by default.
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