Source: Antti Niemi heading to Sharks

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Antti Niemi has decided to accept deal with San Jose Sharks - ESPN Chicago

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi has decided to accept a one-year, $2 million deal with the San Jose Sharks, according to a league source.

After helping lead the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup title in 49 years, Niemi and Chicago went to salary arbitration. The Blackhawks submitted an offer of $1.5 million, but the arbitrator awarded Niemi $2.75 million.


That was too much for the salary cap-strained Blackhawks, who cut ties with Niemi and signed former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco.


The Sharks have been one of Chicago's postseason rivals in recent years. Niemi had a strong series in the Western Conference finals in helping the Blackhawks sweep the Sharks.
Nice. This makes me a lot more confident about the Sharks and their goaltending this year. Hopefully last year wasn't just a fluke.
 

Babe_Ruth

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This is just weird, I'm not really surprised that they signed him, but now they have a goalie situation they need to look at. Who's going to be the starter? Is Griess going to be sent down to the minors? Lots of unanswered questions about the Goalies in San Jose.
 

Danno

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Is this the same Antti Niemi who used be be Southampton's goalkeeper in the Premiership (Football/Soccer)
 
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This is just weird, I'm not really surprised that they signed him, but now they have a goalie situation they need to look at. Who's going to be the starter? Is Griess going to be sent down to the minors? Lots of unanswered questions about the Goalies in San Jose.
I have to imagine Griess will be the one sent down. And how do you not start Niemi? Haha. I guess we'll see who wins the goalie battle. Haha.

Is this the same Antti Niemi who used be be Southampton's goalkeeper in the Premiership (Football/Soccer)
No.