This has been a pretty good day for Antti Niemi, who was named one of the league’s Stars of the month for leading the San Jose Sharks back to first place in the Pacific Division.
Even better, the Sharks just announced that they have signed a four-year contract extension with Niemi, who was on a one-year deal after winning the Stanley Cup last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 27-year-old ended up in San Jose because the Blackhawks didn’t have the cap space to re-sign him, but the $2 million salary Niemi ended up with was less than say Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price, neither of whom have a Cup on his resume, signed for last summer.
Niemi had to wait until the end of last summer to get a contract after Chicago walked away from his arbitration award. His patience was rewarded then and even more now, because after a 10-2 February with three shutouts and a .934 save percentage, Niemi has earned his reward. His new deal is worth $3.8 million a season.
Niemi proves his worth
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:03 pm