San Jose Sharks: 5 Reasons 2012-13 Is Antti Niemi's Last Chance

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San Jose Sharks: 5 Reasons 2012-13 Is Antti Niemi's Last Chance
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Antti Niemi has not played up to billing in the playoffs for the San Jose Sharks

With most of the talent aging, the San Jose Sharks will still lack many players that will bring return value by this season's end. A Stanley Cup-winning goalie could fetch a good return if the team is ready to move on to another free agent or one of the aforementioned prospects.

His contract and age makes him one of the most trade-friendly players on the roster.

For one thing, he does not possess a no-trade clause like many of the older Sharks. But there are other reasons—the same reasons San Jose was right not to give up on him before the season, especially since the young players are much less proven than Nemo.

He is still young enough to have a lot of years left, and without too much mileage.

Nemo's relatively reasonable $3.8 million cap hit for the relatively short duration of two more years makes him someone worth giving another shot to even with a below average season in 2012-13. If he plays well, he could fetch a player designed to help San Jose win now or young talent for a rebuild.

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