30-Year-Old Goalie – San Jose Sharks
Antti Niemi Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $15.2 million contract extension with the Sharks in March of 2011.
It appears Niemi will be the starter in goal Thursday against the Wild, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
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|2013-14 Proj||30||SJ||68||Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 projections for Antti Niemi|
Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec. 8||at MIN||0||1||0||2.07||2||12||10||.833|
|Dec. 6||at CAR||Did Not Play|
|Dec. 5||at PIT||0||1||0||6.15||4||27||23||.852|
|Dec. 3||at TOR||1||0||0||2.03||2||30||28||.933|
|Nov. 17||at CHI||0||1||0||5.00||5||27||22||.815|
|Nov. 15||at EDM||Did Not Play|
|Nov. 14||at VAN||1||0||0||0.97||1||35||34||.971|
|Nov. 12||at CGY||Did Not Play|
|Nov. 10||at WPG||0||0||1||3.75||4||46||42||.913|
|Oct. 30||at LA||0||0||1||3.87||4||23||19||.826|
|Oct. 27||at OTT||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 26||at MON||1||0||0||0.00||0||22||22||1.000|
|Oct. 24||at BOS||0||1||0||2.00||2||17||15||.882|
|Oct. 21||at DET||1||0||0||0.00||0||24||24||1.000|
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|Oct. 17||at DAL||0||0||1||2.77||3||31||28||.903|
|Oct. 15||at STL||1||0||0||2.03||2||27||25||.926|
|Oct. 10||at VAN||1||0||0||1.02||1||26||25||.962|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Is Niemi the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy goalies? He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago, but the team cut him loose following an arbitration battle. Yet, all he's done in San Jose is go 69-40-15 with 12 shutouts and a great goals-against average and save percentage. But, questions still remain about Niemi's workload and whether he can truly carry an NHL team. So what's the truth? His butterfly is tidy and he covers the bottom of the net well. Sure, he still struggles with rebounds and sometimes overplays the puck. However, he's poised, sneakily athletic and surprisingly quick, and he's a real battler -- he's not really going to pinch many stinkers on you. Still, we can think of at least 15 guys we'd take ahead of him in a standard, single-year draft, so that means he shouldn't be your top guy in a 12-team league, but Niemi makes an outstanding number two netminder in a two-goalie league.
A few months after his Stanley Cup win with the Blackhawks, Niemi brought his talents to the Bay Area by signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks. It was a curious move, as the team had already signed fellow Finnish netminder, Antero Niittymaki, to a two-year contract earlier in the offseason. What started as an evenly distributed workload eventually rolled in Niemi's favor as his fellow countryman sustained a groin injury in January that opened the door for Niemi to become the No. 1 choice for starts. Niemi never looked back and remained the undisputed starter through the end of the postseason. His numbers were rock solid in the end, as he posted a 35-18-6 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and six shutouts. The team re-upped with Niemi in March of 2011, extending his contract for four years and $15.2 million. There is no denying Niemi's importance to the Sharks, and fantasy owners should be happy with his gaudy win totals and peripheral stats for years to come.
2009-10 was a busy year for Niemi. He stole the starting job away from Cristobal Huet, led his team to a Stanley Cup victory, and eventually was released from the Blackhawks, who desperately needed to clear cap space after an arbitrator awarded Niemi a $2.75 million contract for the 2010-11 season. The Sharks couldn't resist signing Niemi, but fantasy owners shouldn't jump as quickly for his services, as Team Teal now has three capable netminders fighting for minutes between the pipes: Niemi, Thomas Greiss and Antero Niittymaki. It's a boom or bust year for Niemi.
It was his first season in the United States and he definitely showed some potential. The problem though is that starter Crisobal Huet has a big contract. Huet will get plenty of opportunities, but an injury or even poor play may open the door for Niemi this season. Niemi's arrival is bad news for Corey Crawford who was considered the top netminding prospect for the Hawks before Niemi entered the pictured last year. Niemi showed signs last year of being a future answer in Chicago with a .913 save percentage and 2.43 GAA in 38 starts for Rockford (AHL).