Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: antero niittymaki
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
The Sharks said last week that Antero Niittymaki was considering a surgical procedure in Southern California to take care of lingering pain tied to last season’s lower body injury.
That procedure has taken place and now the Sharks expect to be without Niittymaki for about 12 weeks.
Which explains why you’ll see Thomas Greiss getting most of the work this exhibition season.
“We need to make sure he’s comfortable, make sure he feels good. He’ll play a lot in the exhibition season and he’ll play full games. At least that’s what the plan is,” the coach said.
I came across a poll somewhere, maybe on CSN, asking fans how they thought the Sharks look now, you know, what we think the team could still improve. One of the options was goaltending. Most fans chose depth forwards. Seems reasonable.
Seeing that goaltending option got me thinking. In theory, the team is pretty well set there. In theory, Niittymaki should be able to play enough games so Niemi doesn’t play as many as last year. Like, 30+ would be nice.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
While virtually everybody was focused on Kyle Wellwood and Ben Eager this morning, Antero Niittymaki suffered a lower body injury and has been placed on injured reserve.
And because the Sharks could not get one of their own goaltenders in the minors here in time for tonight’s game, Jordan White — a netminder with the University of British Columbia — will be serving as Antti Niemi’s backup.
Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.
Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.
But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.
Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
Tags: alex+tanguay, andrej+meszaros, antero+niittymaki, antti+niemi, blair+jones, brad+richards, brett+clark, brett+connolly, carter+ashton, cedrick+desjardins, chris+durno, dan+ellis, dana+tyrell, dominic+moore, dustin+tokarski, eric+perrin, guy+boucher, james+wright, jaroslav+janus, jeff+vinik, johan+harju, kevin+quick, khl, kurtis+foster, lady+byng+trophy, marc+pouliot, mark+barberio, mark+parrish, martin+st.+louis, matt+lashoff, matt+walker, mattias+ohlund, mike+smith, mitch+fadden, nate+thompson, nhl+awards, nhl+previews, niklas+persson, paul+szczechura, pavel+kubina, radko+gudas, randy+jones, richard+panik, riku+helenius, rocket+richard+trophy, ryan+craig, ryan+malone, sean+bergenheim, sidney+crosby, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, stephane+veilleux, steve+downie, steve+yzerman, teddy+purcell, training+camp, traverse+city+prospects+tournament, ty+wishart, victor+hedman, vincent+lecavalier, vladimir+mihalik, zenon+konopka
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
A Nittymaki done to San Jose I hear. 4M for 2 yrs.
Antero Niittymaki gets the puck with his stick before it completely crosses the goal line.
thanks to DayWalk3r (Twitter) for the pointer.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
As for the Internet report that Niittymaki had signed with a team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (reports that never came with attribution or an official announcement, by the way), Niittymaki said they were wrong.
“I don’t know who put out those rumors,” he said. “I never signed. There was a lot of interest from Russian team, and that was pretty much it. I never signed anything, and I don’t know how it came out that way. My first thing was always to look for a job in the NHL.”
“He did not sign anything,” Lawton said. “That question was asked to him and every member of their legal team.”
more on Nittymaki…
via TBLightning Twitter,
Tampa Bay Lightning have signed former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
“We fully recognized the need to add an experienced back-up goaltender this summer and today we feel we’ve accomplished that goal,” Lawton said. “Not only is Antero already an established number two in the NHL who can steal games, but we feel he is very capable of working with Mike Smith to give us a formidable 1-2 punch in goal.”
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
This would be an interesting situation. Antero Niittymaki, formerly of the Flyers, was not given a qualifying offer because of some concerns about hip problems the past few seasons for which he had surgery in September 2008. There are also reports he is being courted by Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, though no signing has been announced.
Lightning GM Brian Lawton has decliend to say who the team is after, but said an offer has been extended and a decision is expected soon.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The latest news concerns goalie Antero Niittymaki. According to Holmgren, Niittymaki suffered a groin injury in the shootout loss in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The injury was not disclosed right away and he did not leave the game, playing injured in the overtime and shootout.
But he is doubtful for tomorrow night in Washington and the team will not say anything more before today at the earliest. Scott Munroe will be called up from the Phantoms to take Niittymaki’s place on the bench, but for how long no one knows.
“The fact that he stayed in the game, played the overtime and participated in the shootout should mean that it’s not that serious,” Holmgren said. “I just hope it’s not his hip.”
more on the Flyers injury situation…
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,
Antero Niittymaki was back in the stall he has occupied since coming up to the Flyers from the Phantoms, newly signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, moved into the temporary extra stall used only for training camps, and tryout goalie Maxime Ouellet was released.
Niittymaki, who has been sidelined since before the beginning of camp recovering from left hip surgery, was back on the ice yesterday in practice and talking about the possibility of playing next week.
That might be a long shot, but from the way the Finnish goalie is recovering, he is very likely to be on the bench for opening night on Oct. 11.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that goaltender Antero Niittymaki will be out for four-to-six weeks after having surgery on his left hip.
Q: What happened with Antero?
Paul Holmgren: “Last Friday, Antero had a small surgical procedure done on his left hip where he had some fluid drained and also some loose bodies that were in his joint. This was more of a clean-up process performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.