Ex-Blackhawk Niemi Gets Four-Year Extension
Blackhawks CentralShop for Hawks Cup Gear Buy Blackhawks Tickets NHL Scoreboard NHL Standings Team STATS Team Schedule Team Roster Team Injuries
Sports Fan Insider
Former Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Antti Niemi helped the team win the Stanley Cup Championship last season before moving on to the San Jose Sharks as a free agent, on Tuesday he signed a four-year extension.
Sharks sign goaltender Antti Niemi to a four-year contract extension. Niemi will man the nets in San Jose through the 2014-15 season.—
San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 01, 2011
So far this season Niemi is 23-15-3 with a 2.44 goals agaisnt average and a .919 save percentage. The second-year goaltender got off to a horrific start to the season but has steadily improved with each passing month.
Month Games W L OTL Save %
October 4 1 3 0 4.50
November 5 2 2 1 3.58
December 10 5 4 1 2.38
January 10 5 4 1 1.99
February 13 10 2 0 1.89
The contract negotiations between Niemi and the Blackhawks, after the 2010 season, went to arbitration after the two sides couldn’t agree to a deal. The arbitrator awarded Niemi a one-year $2.75 million contract for the 2010-11 season. The Blackhawks instead chose to release Niemi to free agency and sign Marty Turco.