Niemi signs 1-year, $2M deal with Sharks

September 1, 2010, 7:33 PM

THE CANADIAN PRESS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose have added a Stanley Cup champion to their goal crease.

As Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos first reported, goaltender Antti Niemi has signed a one-year contract worth $2 million in base salary. Niemi joins the team he helped bounce from the playoffs last season.

Niemi backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to the Cup last June, only to become a free agent after the team walked away from a US$2.75-million, one-year contract that was awarded by an arbitrator.

The 27-year-old Finn has appeared in 42 career regular-season games, registering a record of 27-8-5. He played all but one period of the Blackhawks post-season run.

"Antti’s play last season speaks for itself," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement.

Niemi earned $826,875 last season as a rookie.

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