Report: Sharks to sign Cup-winning goalie
Goaltender Antti Niemi agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract
with the San Jose Sharks Wednesday, the
San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Niemi, who won the Stanley Cup as the starting goaltender for
the Chicago Blackhawks last season, became an unrestricted free
agent after Chicago walked away from a $2.75 million contract that
was awarded to him in arbitration.
The team made the surprise move due to salary cap
Niemi, 27, joins fellow Finnish goaltender Antero Niittymaki,
who signed with San Jose earlier this summer.
The Sharks had been looking for a starting goaltender after
longtime netminder Evgeni Nabokov signed with a club in his native
San Jose was eliminated in the Western Conference finals last
season by Chicago 4 games to 2.
Niemi will face his former team for the first time in Chicago on