by Michael Duca
San Jose Sharks Hockey Writer
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Antii Niemi is on his way to San Jose, and will sign a one-year, $2 million deal by Thursday.
The rumor mill (or, more accurately, the rumour mill) has been very active regarding Niemi lately, with the Kings mentioned as suitors, along with Montreal.
The Sharks were prominently mentioned in the “in” group, but were also reported as having “no interest, now or ever”, in Niemi.
The 27-year old Finn will join Antero Niittymaki, whom the Sharks signed on the first day of free agency to replace Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov and the Sharks parted ways after his latest contract ended, and the Kazakh netminder signed with the KHL during the off-season.
When contacted for comment, a Sharks spokesman replied “nothing to report.” Read into that what you will; I personally believe that the lack of an outright denial is as close to confirmation as we will get before the press release.