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With The Passing Of The Trade Deadline, Antti Niemi Focuses On His Game

from David Pollak of the Mercury News

Conventional wisdom says the trades you don't make often are the ones that work out best. If the Sharks do make the playoffs this season, they may point to goaltender Antti Niemi as the latest example of that.

Niemi's name was circulating as one of several pending unrestricted free agents that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson was open to trading before the March 2 deadline. For whatever reason — maybe the return would not have been high enough, maybe Niemi was taken off the market — that did not happen.

Now, after his 39-save performance in San Jose's 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Niemi acknowledged Tuesday that there may have been a minor change in his mindset once the deadline passed.

"It's hard to try not to think about it," said Niemi, who stopped seven of eight Pittsburgh shots in the shootout as well. "You still hear, especially from you guys (media), you hear the rumors. I don't think I thought about it too much, but of course it's gone now, so there's nothing to think about anymore."


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Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

Niemi is a decent starter, probably about league average. Not a top workhorse starter but pretty dependable. If the price is right, I think they should retain him as it is so easy to get trapped in a cycle of not finding a reliable starter. When you have one and the price is affordable, you might as well keep him while trying to find a young goalie who could over time push the average starter into the backup position.

I don’t think Stalock is going to be that young guy for them. I see him more as a backup or 1B at most. I guess that makes it trickier for San Jose because Stalock came through their system. They could let Niemi go in the summer and give a shot to someone like Karri Ramo who is potentially better than Niemi and probably cheaper too.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 03/11/15 at 03:24 AM ET

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