Adding Another Finn: San Jose Sharks Close To Signing Antti Niemi

Todd CordellCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2010

According to multiple media outlets, the San Jose Sharks are extremely close to signing UFA goalie Antti Niemi.

Niemi became a UFA just a couple of weeks ago after the Chicago Blackhawks walked away from his arbitration award due to their lack of cap space.

Niemi proved he was a legitimate NHL starter last season, as he had seven shutouts and won 26 games in just 39 starts during the regular season.

In the playoffs you could say Niemi was even better as he posted a record of 16-6 and made a fair share of big time saves in clutch situations.

In San Jose, Niemi will likely get the majority of the starts, but will not start as many games as a Ryan Miller or Henrik Lundqvist as the Sharks are quite content with Antero Niittymaki.

The deal between Niemi and the Sharks is expected to be a one-year deal worth approximately two million dollars.


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