Antti Niemi to Sign with San Jose Sharks?

September 1st, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Sportsnet is reporting on Wednesday afternoon that goalie Antti Niemi could sign with the San Jose Sharks as soon as Friday, according to a source.

Sportsnet also cites a $2M base salary amount, which is $750,000 less than an arbitrator awarded the netminder after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in June.

On July 1, the Sharks signed veteran goalie Antero Niittymaki to a two-year contract worth $4M to be their starting goaltender. They also have young German prospect Tomas Greiss matriculating through their system.

Adding Niemi would not only give the Sharks quality depth between the pipes, but also a significant financial investment at one position. However, with an aging lineup and in the final year of veteran Joe Thornton's contract, the Sharks appear to be in a win now mindset.

Niemi and Chicago eliminated the Sharks in four games from the Western Conference Finals.

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