Category: Antti Niemi

After crazy start, Hawks top Sharks in battle of the West

After crazy start, Hawks top Sharks in battle of the West
If you blinked, you missed a lot of the action.  I had to rewind Andrew Shaw’s goal while Tweeting after Michal Handzus scored.  The Hawks and Sharks, two of the NHL’s three best defensive teams, found themselves tied at 3 after 12 minutes of play.  In fact, four of those goals were scored in the... Read more »

Crawford to start Friday in San Jose

Crawford to start Friday in San Jose
Thursday, Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville announced Corey Crawford will get the start in goal Friday in San Jose. This will be Crawford’s first start since his abysmal start in Edmonton last Thursdsy. Crawford surrendered 5 of Edmonton’s 8 (!) goals that night, and has been watching Ray Emery in the two games since. I... Read more »

Niemi signs one year deal with Sharks

There's a good chance that Turco and Niemi could meet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Former Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi has signed with the San Jose Sharks. The deal will pay Niemi $2 million for 1 year.  When the season ends, Niemi will be an unrestricted free agent again.    Earlier in the offseason, the Sharks signed goalie Antero Niittymaki to a 2 year, $2 million deal.  It’s assumed Niemi... Read more »

Tough offseason could finally be over for Hawk fans

Monday, the Blackhawks officially announced the one year re-signing of defenseman Nick Boynton, likely putting an end to the roller coaster ride that was the 2010 offseason.  The second the Blackhawks lifted the Stanley Cup, everyone knew there would be changes, but no one could have expected this. The combination of salary cap restrictions and... Read more »

Stan Bowman talks Turco on the Danny Mac Show

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman joined the Danny Mac Show on The Score Sportsradio 670 this morning.  In the interview, he talked about the Turco / Niemi negotiations, and leaves the door open for a member of the 2010 Champs we all thought was done for sure.  Listen to the interview here.

Hawk fans, it's time to look ahead with Turco

For those who follow my blog (and why wouldn’t you), you already know my position on the Blackhawks signing of Marty Turco.  I was an advocate of the signing before Antti Niemi’s arbitration figure came out.  When I found out Turco’s salary ($1.3 million), it was a no brainer.  So it’s over.  Niemi is gone. ... Read more »

Turco may be better option for Blackhawks, regardless of Niemi ruling

As we all wait nervously for the announcement of Antti Niemi’s arbitration ruling this afternoon, rumors of a deal for another goaltender surfaced yesterday afternoon. The Score in Canada, along with other hockey sources, said that the Blackhawks have a one year, $1.5 million contract agreed to with former Stars goalie Marty Turco, should the... Read more »

Niemi's agent : Hawks would be "crazy" to let goaltender go

Wednesday morning, Antti Niemi’s agent Bill Zito joined the Mully and Hanley Morning Show on the Score, Sportsradio 670 in Chicago.  Antti Niemi makes a save vs the Flyers In the interview, he talked about the Hawks ongoing negotiations with the goaltender, and what it might take to bring him back.  He even goes as... Read more »

Keeping Niemi not worth losing Sharp

Antti Niemi had a very good season for the Chicago Blackhawks last season.  He stepped up as a rookie and took the starting goaltender’s job for a team that’s only question was their netminding.  He made the saves he had to make, and a few more from time to time.  When it came down to... Read more »

Hawks deal Byfuglien, Eager, and Sopel to Atlanta

It’s a day we all knew was coming.  The Hawks are in cap hell, and people had to go.  Well, the first chips have fallen today. The Blackhawks have dealt Dustin Byfuglein, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu to Atlanta in exchange for the 24th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the... Read more »