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The Hockey Writers May 8, 2019

NHL Rumors: Niemi, Pouliot, Blue Jackets, Stars, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are whispers that Antti Niemi might be headed to the KHL, Derrick Pouliot is likely leaving Vancouver, the Blue Jackets are making one final push on a couple of free agents and the plan for the Dallas Stars is becoming clearer after being booted from the NHL playoffs. Antti […] The post NHL Rumors: Niemi, Pouliot, Blue Jackets, Stars, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Eyes On The Prize May 8, 2019
Report: Antti Niemi to sign with Jokerit in KHL

Report: Antti Niemi to sign with Jokerit in KHL

The goaltender is going back to Finland. Antti Niemi appears to be on his way back to Finland, with a report that he has signed with Jokerit and will play in the KHL next season. Antti Niemi from @CanadiensMTL to @jokerithc #nhl #khl ping @ArponBasu https://t.co/bSNbNHE3o7— Juha Luotola (@JLuotola) May 8, 2019 This isn’t much of a surprise. Niemi was the only player that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed would not be returning at the team’s locker room clear out at the end of the season. For Niemi, it will be his first return to Finland since the 2007-08...
Eyes On The Prize May 4, 2019
Antti Niemi’s season timeline and grade poll

Antti Niemi’s season timeline and grade poll

Niemi had a tough season after appearing to resurrect his career in his stint the previous year. After difficult stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers to begin the 2017-18 season, Antti Niemi was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens to join his third team. Getting a relatively large number of the starts in a season when Carey Price struggled, he was able to perform very well in his role. May 22, 2018: Montreal Canadiens sign Antti Niemi to one-year contract extension He played so well that, after looking like he was on his way out of the league when he went on...
Eyes On The Prize May 3, 2019
Was keeping Antti Niemi over Steve Mason the right choice?

Was keeping Antti Niemi over Steve Mason the right choice?

Acquired as a salary dump originally, was a buyout of Steve Mason’s contract may not have been the best solution. The Montreal Canadiens made an unexpected trade prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. They acquired two picks, Joel Armia, and Steve Mason for Simon Bourque, who would leave the professional ranks for U Sports before the year even started. While Armia went on to be a valuable fixture in the Canadiens’ forward group, Mason was immediately bought out, and currently is contemplating retirement after a 10-year career. But was buying him out the right move ahead of this...
Eyes On The Prize May 1, 2019
Antti Niemi couldn’t replicate his success from a year ago

Antti Niemi couldn’t replicate his success from a year ago

The Canadiens goaltender did not live up to expectations, and the team will be going in a different direction. One year ago, Antti Niemi redeemed himself, and his career, in Montreal. On a team without many bright spots, Niemi’s play earned him a new contract and a full year as Carey Price’s backup. This year, Niemi was not able to replicate that success and will find himself with a new organization next season. After rebounding on his third team last season, Niemi had the worst statistical season of his career in 2018-19. His 3.78 goals against average and .887 save percentage were...
Last Word on Hockey Apr 26, 2019
Potential Candidates to be the Montreal Canadiens Backup Goaltender

Potential Candidates to be the Montreal Canadiens Backup Goaltender

As Marc Bergevin revealed in his year-end press conference, Antti Niemi will not be returning next season. This means the Canadiens will be looking for a quality backup goalie to play behind Carey Price. Backups are becoming more important each and every year. First of all to take some of the load of the starting netminder so they’re not worn out by the time playoffs roles around. As well, you need to have a goalie who you’re confident that if you put him in, there’s an opportunity for you to win that game. In the salary cap era where the competition is all relatively close, there are...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 25, 2019
Thursday Links & Open thread: Travelling with Antti Niemi

Thursday Links & Open thread: Travelling with Antti Niemi

Here are your daily links, including Niemi’s San Jose picks, surgery for Jesperi Kotkaniemi, learning from Columbus, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Antti Niemi has been all around the continent as an NHL goalie, and he shared his favourite things to do in San Jose (as the Sharks advance to Round 2). [Canadiens] It’s not hard to find the silver lining of a team that barely missed the playoffs. [The Athletic] The Habs could learn something from the team that beat them out for a wild-card spot at the final buzzer. [EOTP] ICYMI: Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent knee surgery...

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