San Jose Sharks Play Perfect Hand, Get Antti Niemi As Chicago Blackhawks Move On

September 1st, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »
Recently reported by multiple sources has been the free agent signing of former Chicago Blackhawks net-minder, Antti Niemi. San Jose has ended a near month of waiting, in which Niemi was left gasping for reasoning into why a Stanley Cup winning goaltender was without a job.

The Sharks have unofficially signed Niemi to a $2 million contract, which in turn ends up being $750,000 less than the NHL arbitrator awarded him back on July 31st.

Niemi No No... is no more.

The Finnish Fortress... well still could be, but now as a rival.

So how about the Finnish Fish? Hmmmm...sounds about right. Blackhawks fans as a whole could only hope for a flop as conference foes.

Sharks' front office officials time and time again reiterated that they had never been interested in the young Finnish goaltender. What can't be ignored is the offer sheet that was handed to Nikolas Hjalmarsson.

Hjalmarsson was a restricted free agent entering the offseason and with salary cap woes, the Blackhawks were determined to keep the second-line defenseman a Hawk. 

Unfortunately, when a player produces on the ice consistently at a you ...

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