Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

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Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:41 am

CycloneGU wrote:"The @SanJoseSharks have traded Antti
Niemi
to the #Stars in exchange for pick 193. #StarsDraft"

That's it. Don't need any more picks. Start the season.


This deserves its own thread.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby B Kat » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:44 am

Rights traded, but I suppose they were allowed discussion. Two big Finns. Hopefully one of them can stop the puck.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:45 am

Niemi is a UFA, so the Stars bought the exclusive right to negotiate with him for a month.

It's interesting. Niemi seems like a stopgap solution. I wonder if this also means they are done shopping for goalies.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby wonko80 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:46 am

I can't say I'm excited about this, but it is a cheap price to pay, so that part is great. Talbot seemed to be more expensive but did have better stats (with only a small sampling of course). I don't like that Niemi's save percentage isn't any better than Kari's. In fact, it is worse. That's concerning.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:51 am

Yeah, the Sharks made it known they had no interest in bringing him back. He was their Kari. Oh, and there's this...

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby wonko80 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:52 am

Even less excited now.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby ToddM » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:10 am

Oftentimes, the most important trades are the ones that look the most blandly mediocre.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:17 am

Niemi is Finnish for Lehtonen, whereas Lehtonen is Finnish for Niemi.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby B Kat » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:34 am

Was hoping for Talbot too, but I guess the price was too high. On the positive note, both of these goalies have something to prove.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:37 am

I am not excited at all to get two of the exact same lousy goaltender.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby BigAl » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:37 am

Maybe Nill can also hire CuJo and Hasek as goalie consultants.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Eskimo Spy » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:46 am

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:17 am

The Frugal Gourmet wrote:I am not excited at all to get two of the exact same lousy goaltender.


And the most expensive goaltending duo in the NHL.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:19 am



Kari has three seasons left on his deal, so this could become a familiar combo for a while.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby B Kat » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:53 am

Nill must have a suitor for Lehtonen, please, please, please.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby wonko80 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:00 pm

That is my only hope. Otherwise this is a weird move.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Eskimo Spy » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:53 pm

So far, this sounds like Lehtonen is staying...

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2015 ... -lehtonen/
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:31 pm

So we're paying $10 million+ for 2 crappy goalies?

Wow.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby ScubaSteve » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:39 pm

Three years for Niemi is also another sign that Campbell isn't in the organization's long term plans.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Knives Out » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:39 pm

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby ScubaSteve » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:41 pm

The Frugal Gourmet wrote:So we're paying $10 million+ for 2 crappy goalies?

Wow.


I don't see that flying. Nill must have a plan. You just have to cover your ass. You can't dump Kari until you for sure have another guy under contract. Because if you move Kari and fail to sign Niemi, then it's time to Gamble on Campbell.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Archangel972 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:46 pm

I believe the plan is to rely on the 2 goalies to push each other. If things don't work out, Nill will look at trading Kari and eat some of the salary to make it happen after the season (maybe even mid-season if things are that dire). It's true that he could've done that now but I think he still wants to be patient. He wants to be sure that it's a trend and not just one bad year for Lehtonen.

They have the cap space to accommodate it, still need to upgrade the defense however. Still not sure about Daley's place on the team.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby ToddM » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:50 pm

Niemi isn't a bad goalie, he's League Average. Which is important, because League Average would've gotten us the #5 seed or something last season.
Besides, with a coach that took Steve ".894" Mason to Steve ".928" Mason, good things could be in store for this tandem. It also opens up trade possibilities, since there are teams like San Jose with literally no starting goaltender.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:55 pm

I think he's probably better than Kari, but your paying $10 million for at best mediocrity at the position.

Unless this really is the precursor to a move.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Troy McClure » Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:51 pm

I think you're also paying $10 million in a season where the team isn't going to spend all of its cap space.

Then next summer, the Kari buyout will only be for two seasons and will be easier for Gaglardi to swallow.
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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:59 pm

*f-bomb* THAT.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Knives Out » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:22 am

Can one of them suit up on D while the other is in goal?

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby Knives Out » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:43 am

Either way our future is pretty black and white.

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Re: Stars acquire Niemi from the Sharks

Postby ScubaSteve » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:19 pm

Three years for Niemi, huh?

Nill: "All goaltenders who are going to be here in three years, please take one step forward. Uhh, not you, Kari. You either, Jack."
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