Niittymaki Heads West

Antero Niittymaki signed with the San Jose Sharks for two year at $2 million per year contract. Niittymaki was playing goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous season and came over from Philadelphia before that. He played 49 games and had 21 wins, goals against average 2.87 and save percentage of 0.909. Niittymaki also has international experience as he played with Team Finland in the 2010 Olympics on their quest to Bronze.

It comes as no surprise that the Sharks were looking for a goaltender after letting Evgeni Nabokov walk after his soft playoff performances. The Sharks also needed to clear cap space with the re-signings of Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.

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