The truth is Niemi has very limited possibilities this season when it comes to signing with NHL teams. If he wanted to play in Europe, he probably could, but, as I stated before, he doesn't want that.
It's a little bit shocking that the goaltender who won the Stanley Cup last season will most likely go without playing this season, but it has a very good chance of happening.
The fact that no team immediately went after Niemi should have spelled out his fate.
Niemi isn't a bad goaltender. He's just unsigned at a very bad time.
My guess is he sits out this season and gets picked up by a team next season. I can't tell who this early in the year, but I can almost guarantee he won't sit out longer than a year. He could even be signed during this season.
Being a Hawks fan, it's tough seeing the goaltender that brought you to the Stanley Cup Final go without a job when you know he can make a team better, but that's how sports work sometimes.
Doesn't matter where he goes, I'll always be wishing Niemi luck and success.