Shark Bait: Why San Jose Needs To Sign Antti Niemi

August 2nd, 2010 by Usman Shabbar Leave a reply »

If Evgeni Nabokov is the greatest Sharks goaltender of all time, let Antti Niemi challenge for that title.

With the departure of the most notable and recognizable face of the San Jose franchise, Sharks management find themselves faced with two options.  They can bestow their trust upon Thomas Greiss, or they can go out into the market and acquire a new number one goalie.

Option #1: Promoting From Within

Thomas Greiss has spent most of his young career with San Jose's AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.  With a GAA of 2.70 and save percentage of .904 in 141 AHL games, Greiss has earned very impressive numbers.  He also has earned a small amount of experience in the NHL as well, recording 2.77 GAA in 19 games.  Not too bad.

It would most definitely be a major risk to put Greiss between the Sharks' pipes next season, but considering his stellar numbers in the AHL, it may not be completely absurd if San Jose management chooses to travel down this road.

The Sharks have signed Antero Niittymaki this offseason as a possible starter.  He has proven himself as a reliable backup and somewhat of ...

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