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Eyes On The Prize Jun 2, 2018
Grade Niemi’s and Lindgren’s season performance

Grade Niemi’s and Lindgren’s season performance

The secondary netminders were out in full force last season. Catch up on this week’s articles, and grade their performance. With Carey Price playing just 49 games last season, it’s a lucky thing he had a few good men to have his back. Three disastrous starts with the Pittsburgh Penguins and two with the Florida Panthers had 34-year-old Antti Niemi concerned about his future in the NHL. That is, until Marc Bergevin swooped in and scooped him up off waivers. With 19 starts for the Montreal Canadiens, he ended up going from the worst stretch of his career to the highest save percentage...
Eyes On The Prize May 31, 2018
Niemi’s Highlights of the Year: Standing on his head in Edmonton

Niemi’s Highlights of the Year: Standing on his head in Edmonton

While he didn’t win the game, Niemi may have turned his season around by thwarting the skilled Oilers forwards. In just Antti Niemi’s second start with the Montreal Canadiens — his third team of the season — the skaters in front of him decided to give him a trial by fire, being unable to contain the speed of the Edmonton Oilers in the final game of a Western Canada trip on December 23. The Finnish netminder saw 34 shots come his way from a team well outside the playoff picture. He was only able to stop 31 of them as his team lost the game, having his fifth start of the season be a...
Eyes On The Prize May 30, 2018
Antti Niemi was one of the best backups in the NHL after joining Habs

Antti Niemi was one of the best backups in the NHL after joining Habs

After becoming a Canadien, Niemi was in a very good category Antti Niemi’s base statistics after coming over to the Montreal Canadiens were very good. A 7-5-4 record with a 2.46 GAA and .929 save percentage in 19 games (17 starts). The .929 save percentage with Montreal, in particular, was tied for fourth in the NHL among goalies with more than three starts. He was behind only Curtis McElhinney, Carter Hutton, Antti Raanta and tied with Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo. There aren’t many advanced statistics for goaltenders, but when you look even deeper, he stays near that spot -...
Eyes On The Prize May 28, 2018
Antti Niemi’s highlights of the year: A quick glove stones a breakaway

Antti Niemi’s highlights of the year: A quick glove stones a breakaway

Against his former club, Antti Niemi was in fine form. Playing a deep team like the Pittsburgh Penguins is a nightmare for a goaltender on many different levels. It’s even more terrifying when your team continually surrenders breakaway chances to them. That’s just what the Canadiens did in a late March match up at PPG Paints arena, as they gave up multiple breakaway chances over the course of the game. Unfortunately for the Penguins, they hadn’t counted on Antti Niemi showing up in top form and shutting down their chances with seemingly relative ease. Perhaps none was more...
Eyes On The Prize May 28, 2018
Antti Niemi’s season was about more than wins and losses

Antti Niemi’s season was about more than wins and losses

The Finnish netminder took his final stand in Montreal, and ended up with a new contract because of it. It’s not easy to be a goaltender in the NHL. Players today have moves and skills that were unheard of even 10 years ago. Antti Niemi has been in the NHL over the course of the last decade, and at 34-years-old it looked like his NHL career was over early in the season. Three disastrous starts for the Pittsburgh Penguins resulted in a 7.50 goals against and .797 save percentage. He was then placed on waivers and claimed by Florida where in two games he posted a 5.08 GAA a .872 SV%. He...
A Winning Habit May 23, 2018

Montreal Canadiens Antti Niemi Signing Guarantees Nothing

The Montreal Canadiens have brought back Antti Niemi, but he has his work cut out for him battling Charlie Lindgren for a role with the Habs. The Montreal Canadiens signed Antti Niemi to a one-year contract extension. The veteran goaltender will earn $950,000 with the Habs. Niemi will be hoping for more stability after a […] Montreal Canadiens Antti Niemi Signing Guarantees Nothing - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit May 23, 2018

Montreal Canadiens: Antti Niemi likely the only UFA to get an extension

Antti Niemi seemed to be the only UFA the Montreal Canadiens would consider bringing back, leaving Chris Terry and Adam Cracknell to test free agency. The Montreal Canadiens didn’t take too many by surprising in re-signing Antti Niemi. His work this season was undeniable, and he worked hard to raise his stock in the eyes […] Montreal Canadiens: Antti Niemi likely the only UFA to get an extension - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize May 23, 2018
Links: Is Niemi’s return bad for Lindgren?

Links: Is Niemi’s return bad for Lindgren?

In today’s links, what Niemi’s contract means for Lindgren, people try to make sense of Vegas’ run, and the promise and potential of Rasmus Dahlin. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Is Antti Niemi’s new deal bad news for Charlie Lindgren? [Montreal Gazette] A celebratory weekend for Jacob de la Rose. [RDS] Dominique Ducharme and Joël Bouchard both got their start with Pascal Vincent, the current head coach of the Manitoba Moose. [Radio-Canada] Doug Harvey may be a Montreal Canadiens legend, but one of his best seasons came in the blue and gold of the St. Louis Blues. [The Hockey...
The Hockey Writers May 22, 2018

Niemi Signing Gives Canadiens Options in Net

The Montreal Canadiens absolutely don’t need Antti Niemi. Nevertheless, it’s hard to fault general manager Marc Bergevin for re-signing the goalie, as he just did to a 1-year, $950,000 deal. Think of Niemi as that extra insurance policy you have, because, “Hey, why not?” There really isn’t a reason. Price vs. Niemi To be clear, […] The post Niemi Signing Gives Canadiens Options in Net appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Montreal Gazette May 22, 2018

Antti Niemi's deal with Habs could be bad news for Charlie Lindgren

With the signing, the Canadiens are heading into next season with three goaltenders on one-way contracts.
Sportsnet.ca May 22, 2018
Canadiens’ Antti Niemi deserves every bit of new contract

Canadiens’ Antti Niemi deserves every bit of new contract

It’s $950,000 and a year of security Antti Niemi truly earned the hard way. The post Hits of the Week: Ovechkin takes the physical lead appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
Montreal Gazette May 22, 2018

Canadiens re-sign backup goalie Antti Niemi

One-year contract is worth US$950,000 and means Charlie Lindgren is likely headed back to the AHL's Laval Rocket.
A Winning Habit May 22, 2018

Montreal Canadiens resign Antti Niemi to a one-year contract

The Montreal Canadiens are starting to deal with their UFAs as Antti Niemi receives a one-year contract extension for the 2018-19 season. Antti Niemi was one of the few success stories from the Montreal Canadiens this season. Coming off a horrible start in Pittsburgh to a short look in Florida, it looked to be the […] Montreal Canadiens resign Antti Niemi to a one-year contract - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize May 22, 2018
How does Niemi’s contract affect the Habs goalie situation?

How does Niemi’s contract affect the Habs goalie situation?

The veteran netminder is back for another year, so what does this mean for the prospects in waiting? It was a roller coaster season for Antti Niemi last year. He went through the worst overall stretch of his career performance-wise before being placed on waivers twice by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers. With his time in the NHL seemingly at an end, he was then claimed by Montreal and had a career revitalization, and has earned a one year contract extension with the club, worth $950,000 total. With a 7-5-4 record, .929 save percentage, 2.46 GAA and one shutout, Niemi has more...
Puck Prose May 22, 2018

Montreal Canadiens sign goaltender Antti Niemi to one-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed backup goaltender Antti Niemi to a one-year deal worth $950,000 The Montreal Canadiens are looking to get more out of their goaltenders next season. Carey Price, whose massive extension begins next season, had arguably the worst season of his career. However, backup goalie Antti Niemi, who posted a .929 save […] Montreal Canadiens sign goaltender Antti Niemi to one-year deal - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

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