What San Jose’s Signing of Antti Niemi Means To the Western Conference

September 1st, 2010 by Tyler Juranovich Leave a reply »
Former Chicago Blackhawk goaltender, Antti Niemi, has found a new home with San Jose. 

It's hard not to say that this deal will somehow affect the Blackhawks now that they have a very good chance of competing against Niemi, given that he wins the No. 1 spot against Antero Niittymaki. 

San Jose is, no doubt, trying to bolster its roster to make a deep run into the playoffs that always seem to just barely escape from its grasp. Very few teams look as good as the Sharks during the regular season. However, once postseason starts, they become an underachieving mess. 

So will Niemi be that piece that puts San Jose on track to beat other playoff favorites, such as Detroit and Chicago?  

I wouldn't get too excited. 

It's hard to have total confidence in this team when, for a couple of years now, it's been the same story. However, last year was an improvement compared to the other few years before, so it would also be a mistake to totally count San Jose out. 

If Antti Niemi is as good as he and his agent thinks he is, then he could have a huge impact on this team. San Jose is ...

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