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Antero Niittymaki

34-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent

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Niittymaki last played hockey in the Finnish league in 2012-13.

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 186   DOB: 6/18/1980   BORN: Turku, Finland   DRAFTED: 6th Rd, #168 Overall in 1998   Show ContractHide Contract

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Niittymaki signed a one-year contract with Finnish team Turku in August of 2012.

August 23, 2012  –  Antero Niittymaki News

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Niittymaki signed a one-year contract with Finnish team TPS Turku, NHL.com reports.

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Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2005-06 25 46 23 15 6 2 2.96 133 1266 1133 .895
2006-07 26 52 9 29 9 0 3.38 166 1567 1401 .894
2007-08 27 28 12 9 2 1 2.90 69 739 670 .907
2008-09 28 32 15 8 6 1 2.76 83 947 864 .912
2009-10 29 49 21 18 5 1 2.87 127 1388 1261 .909
2010-11 30 NHL SJ 24 12 7 3 0 2.72 64 615 551 .896

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Antero Niittymaki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Niittymaki has been assigned to AHL Worcester, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports

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Niittymaki has been placed on waivers, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports.

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The Sharks have assigned Niittymaki to Worcester on a conditioning assignment, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports.

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The Sharks have recalled Niittymaki from his conditioning assignment with the Worcester Sharks, according to the team's official site.

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The Sharks activated Niittymaki from the IR and assigned him to AHL Worcester as a conditioning assignment, the Sharks' official twitter reports.

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Niittymaki (hip) participated in his first full team practice since his hip surgery in September, the San Jose Mercury News' David Pollack reports.

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Niittymaki (hip) practiced with full pads for the first time Wednesday, Brodie Brazil's official Twitter reports.

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Niittymaki (hip) is on track to come back in mid-December, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Niittymaki is likely to be out for 12 weeks after undergoing hip surgery earlier this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Niittymaki, who battled a groin injury last season, could miss up to 12 weeks with "recurring pain problems," the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Niittymaki did not make any starts against the Kings in the first round of the postseason, though he did save 29 of 30 shots between two relief appearances for a save percentage of .967, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Niittymaki does not believe he will be the goalie to start for the Sharks on Thursday, when the team plays Game 4 against the Kings, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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2011-12

No one could have blamed Niittymaki if he thought he was going to end up as Team Teal's top goalie after inking a two-year contract with the Sharks last summer. But Antti Niemi, fresh off a Stanley Cup-winning season with Chicago, signed on with the club in September and formed a Finnish goalie tandem with Niittymaki, the more experienced of the two tenders. Niittymaki produced a 1.87 goals-against average in October, and held his own in the timeshare role before a groin/lower body injury that he sustained in January lingered and ended up sidelining him for most of the season's second half. While he has proven to be an adequate fill-in option when necessary, it's clear that Niittymaki is a secondary option for starts between the pipes for the Cup deprived Teal.

2010-11

By several accounts, Niittymaki is in an interesting situation as he prepares for his seventh NHL season. While he is set to inherit a favorable role as a puck-stopper for a very potent offense, there is a certain degree of pressure in succeeding Evgeni Nabokov, who spent a decade denying shots for the Cup-shy Sharks. Undoubtedly, Niittymaki will find wins relatively easy to come by now that he's donning teal, but be forewarned that any significant rough patch by Niittymaki could prompt the Sharks to send young backup Thomas Greiss or Antti Niemi between the pipes.

2009-10

Niittymaki's hips are apparently OK heading into this season. But despite his talents, he's far too injury-prone to be a starter. He does play well in spurts but he's best considered a handcuff to Mike Smith who himself is coming off injury.

2008-09

Niittymaki is the clear backup to Martin Biron as he enters his fifth NHL season. After a disastrous 2006-2007 season, when he was the Flyersí starting goaltender, Niittymaki rebounded last year serving as Bironís backup after Biron was acquired from the Sabres. He only started 23 games, but posted a modest 12-9-2 record with a mediocre 2.91 GAA. He underwent hip surgery in September, but should return in late October or early November. Donít expect to see Niittymaki get selected in fantasy drafts as he is not worth drafting except for in extremely deep leagues where backup goalies may hold value.

2007-08

The Finn struggled last season, going 9-29-9 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 52 games with Philadelphia. In three seasons with the Flyers, Niittymaki has a 35-44-15 record and a 3.12 goals-against average in 101 career games. If he stays healthy he'll be a dependable back up to Martin Biron.

2006-07

Niitymakki and Robert Esche nearly split the games right down middle for the Flyers last season. There's no reason to think this year will be any different. If Niittymaki can pull away with the starting job for good, he will be a solid fantasy goalie.

2005-06

The backup to Robert Esche, his value would skyrocket if given the chance to start.