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30 Antero Niittymaki G
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 6/18/1980 | Birthplace: Turku, Finland | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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8/23/2012

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Antero Niittymaki

Ex-Shark Niittymaki Signs With Finnish Team

News: Antero Niittymaki signed a one-year contract with Finnish team TPS Turku, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki, 32, had his NHL career derailed by chronic hip injuries and was limited to 13 games at the AHL level in 2011-12. He considered retirement but will return to his native Finland for what figures to be his final hurrah.

2/2/2012

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Assigned To Worcester

News: Antero Niittymaki has been assigned to AHL Worcester, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports
Analysis: The Sharks are going with a goalie duo of Thomas Greiss and Tyson Sexsmith for the time being as Antti Niemi recovers from being dinged up in practice.

1/25/2012

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Place On Waivers

News: Antero Niittymaki has been placed on waivers, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki was the third wheel of the goalie trio with Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss, and wasn't going to receive a significant amount of playing time as a Shark. Teams that are looking at an insurance policy in goal will probably be interested as he's in the last year of his contract.

1/20/2012

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Assigned To Worcester

News: The Sharks have assigned Antero Niittymaki to Worcester on a conditioning assignment, CSN's Brodie Brazil reports.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki is still working his way back from his hip surgery in September. This leaves the Sharks with two goalies at the NHL level in Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss.

12/24/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks Recall Niittymaki

News: The Sharks have recalled Antero Niittymaki from his conditioning assignment with the Worcester Sharks, according to the team's official site.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki appeared in three games with Worcester, posting a 1-2 record, a 3.38 goals-against average and a .878 save percentage. He could be between the pipes as early as Monday.

12/12/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks Activate And Assign Niittymaki

News: The Sharks activated Antero Niittymaki from the IR and assigned him to AHL Worcester as a conditioning assignment, the Sharks' official twitter reports.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki will look to get his legs back in Worcester, but it seems Antti Niemi's solid play as of late will keep Niittymaki out of the Sharks' net for the foreseeable future. He may, however, have a chance to challenge Thomas Greiss for the number two spot.

12/1/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki (Hip) Participates In Full Team Practice

News: Antero Niittymaki (hip) participated in his first full team practice since his hip surgery in September, the San Jose Mercury News' David Pollack reports.
Analysis: Barring any setbacks Antero Niittymaki should be returning in the later part of December. Given how well Thomas Greiss is playing it's still not certain who will be the second goalie with Antti Niemi.

11/9/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Niittymaki (Hip) Practices With Full Pads

News: Antero Niittymaki (hip) practiced with full pads for the first time Wednesday, Brodie Brazil's official Twitter reports.
Analysis: This is more good news for the Sharks. Antero Niittymaki is making progress and appears to be having a healthy recovery.

11/7/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki (Hip) On Track For December Return

News: Antero Niittymaki (hip) is on track to come back in mid-December, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antero Niittymaki has reached the point where he's skating when the more active players aren't around. Assuming he returns in mid-December it will be right on track with the time frame set following his operation.

9/23/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Undergoes Hip Surgery

News: Antero Niittymaki is likely to be out for 12 weeks after undergoing hip surgery earlier this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Given the significance of a hip injury to a goalie, we're not surprised to learn that Antero Niittymaki has opted for surgery. While Niitty recovers, Thomas Greiss appears to be the favorite to slide in as the backup netminder behind Antti Niemi (cyst removal) in San Jose this season.

9/15/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Could Miss 12 Weeks

News: Antero Niittymaki, who battled a groin injury last season, could miss up to 12 weeks with "recurring pain problems," the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Assuming Antero Niittymaki requires the full 12 weeks to recover, he'll be looking at a return around the middle of December. The Finnish backstop made 22 starts for the Sharks last season but he's since been relegated to backup duty and this latest setback only depresses his value further.

4/27/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Niittymaki A Relief For The Sharks

News: Niittymaki did not make any starts against the Kings in the first round of the postseason, though he did save 29 of 30 shots between two relief appearances for a save percentage of .967, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: While Antti Niemi appears to be the clear-cut No. 1 goalie for San Jose, Niittymaki proved that he could be an adequate fill-in option when necessary. Still, depending on your league settings, Niittymaki might not be worth hanging on to in playoff pools as he has been deprived of any starts.

4/20/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Not Expecting To Start Thursday's Game 4

News: Niittymaki does not believe he will be the goalie to start for the Sharks on Thursday, when the team plays Game 4 against the Kings, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Niittymaki put himself back into the limelight with Tuesday's Game 3 relief win over the Kings, but while nothing has been made official yet, Niittymaki does not believe he will start over Antti Niemi on Thursday evening. "I think Nemo's going to be the goalie," he said.

4/19/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Solid In Relief Tuesday

News: Niittymaki stopped 11 of 12 shots in relief of Antti Niemi in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime Game 3 win over the Kings.
Analysis: Despite Niittymaki's strong play Tuesday, it's hard to believe he has any real chance of starting Game 4. After all, Niemi at one point this season did make 34 straight starts.

4/7/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Gets Rare Start Wednesday

News: Niittymaki will start Wednesday's road game against Anaheim, CSN Bay Area's Brodie Brazil reports.
Analysis: Coach Todd McLellan hinted last weekend that Niittymaki would likely see some playing time as the Sharks wrap up their regular season schedule this week. With three games remaining, the Sharks have already clinched first place in the Pacific Division, so McLellan obviously sees no harm in giving his backup netminder some work. Antti Niemi is still expected to be the Sharks' starting goaltender once the playoffs begin next week.

4/6/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Niittymaki And Sharks Battered For Six Goals

News: Niittymaki gave up six goals on 34 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: This really isn't all that surprising - the Sharks wrapped up the Pacific Division on Monday, and this was Niittymaki's first start in 34 games.

4/3/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks Still Have Niittymaki In Mind

News: Niittymaki could find his way into a game before the regular season expires, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: "As we move forward, there's a real good chance he'll get some playing time. I think he has to," coach Todd McLellan said. "But the stronger we play and the more points we put in the bank, the better odds of that happening." Antti Niemi has started 33 consecutive games, foiling any hopes on the side of the fantasy owner that has been counting on Niittymaki to make any kind of impact in the second half of the season.

3/14/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Stops 14 In Relief

News: Niittymaki (groin) spelled Antti Niemi on Monday against the Blackhawks after Niemi got off to a bad start. Niittymaki made 14 saves on 16 shots in 32:35 of ice time.
Analysis: Niemi has taken hold of San Jose's starting job, limiting Niittymaki's usefulness. However, he's worthy of a spot start when he gets the chance.

3/14/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Could Start Soon

News: Niittymaki (groin) is expected to start in a game before the regular season comes to an end, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Team Teal has yet to make an official announcement of when he will start next, but as suggested in the report, Niitty's next start could take place Tuesday night, on the road, against the Stars. He hasn't appeared in a game in over two months.

3/8/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Set To Rejoin Lineup Soon

News: Niittymaki (groin) is expected to start one of the Sharks' upcoming games, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Niittymaki, who was recently activated off long-term injured reserve, will continue to back up Antti Niemi for the time being, but coach Todd McLellan plans on using him in a game situation soon. "We're all aware of how much [Niemi] has had to play lately," McLellan said. "Get Niitty a few more practices, a few more game situations where he's involved on the bench and then he'll be ready to go play. I think we're going to need both goaltenders. We've said that from the beginning of the year on." For now, Niemi is expected to start Tuesday's game against Nashville, but look for Niittymaki's return to the lineup later this week or early next.

3/5/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks Activate Niittymaki

News: Niittymaki has been activated off long-term injured reserve, according to the San Jose Mercury News. He's been out since January 13 with a groin injury.
Analysis: He's been close to a return, but now it looks like he's ready for game action as Carter Hutton has been returned to Worcester. Of course, the guy Nitttymaki had been sharing time with, Antti Niemi, has been one of the hottest goalies in the league since Niittymaki's injury, so his percentage of starts are sure to be lower than they were before.

3/3/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Out Thursday

News: Niittymaki (groin) is out for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Niittymaki has not been able to appear in a game in seven weeks. However, the 30-year old recently said he hopes to be back later this week.

3/2/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Hoping To Return This Week

News: Niittymaki (groin) said he hopes to return later this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Niitty has not seen game ice since Jan. 13. Assuming he does return later this week, it would be wise to see how he looks for a few games before re-activating him for fantasy purposes. Fellow goalie Antti Niemi has been terrific starting in his absence, so be sure to also monitor the workload between the two tenders.

2/28/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Sharks' Niittymaki Skating Again

News: Niittymaki (lower body) has been skating in practice, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The Sharks chose not to pull off a trade for a backup netminder before the deadline. Perhaps the team assumes Niittymaki will be able to provide valuable minutes down the stretch to spell Antti Niemi from time to time.

2/27/2011

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Antero Niittymaki

Niittymaki Practices With Sharks

News: Niittymaki (lower body) practiced Sunday but is still not ready to play, the Sharks' official site reports.
Analysis: Niittymaki's presence at practice Sunday is an encouraging sign, but with no concrete ETA for his return, he remains a risky fantasy option this coming week.