Antti Niemi
G MTL
2 days ago

Niemi made his Montreal debut Saturday in relief. He allowed one goal on four shots in 11 minutes of work.

EDGE Analysis

The rout was on by that point and the Leafs didn't take their foot off the gas. Toronto won 6-0. Niemi isn't a viable fantasy option this season -- his game has collapsed.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
6 days ago

Niemi was picked up off waivers from the Panthers on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Somehow, despite a 6.74 GAA and .814 save percentage, Niemi keeps avoiding a potential demotion to the minors after getting claimed by his second team this season. The news has been encouraging regarding the return of Carey Price (lower body), so this move seems to indicate that Al Montoya (concussion) could be out for a while. Given the emergence of Charlie Lindgren, one has to wonder if the 34-year-old Niemi isn't headed for another waiver designation once the Habs' goalies get back to 100 percent.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
1 week ago

Niemi was placed on waivers by the Panthers on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niemi appeared in just two games during his three-week stint with Florida, giving up five goals and registering a .853 save percentage. Considering he is sporting a 6.74 GAA and 0-4-0 record for the year, it's hard to imagine a team will want to snag the Finn off the waiver wire, which would land him with AHL Springfield. The netminder could probably use some time in the minors to rediscover his game and earn back some confidence.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
3 weeks ago

Niemi stopped 18 of 21 shots in relief of James Reimer on Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

EDGE Analysis

Reimer has been pulled in back-to-back outings, but Neimi hasn't impressed in relief duty. The 31-year-old has give up five goals on 39 shots since arriving in Florida and will likely be sent to the AHL once Roberto Luongo (thumb) returns. Niemi's .822 save percentage split between Pittsburgh and Florida this season is evidence enough that he should avoided in most fantasy leagues.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
3 weeks ago

Niemi made his Panthers debut Monday, stopping 16 of 18 shots in relief on the way to an 8-5 home loss to the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

The Bolts tagged starter James Reimer for five goals on 19 shots before Niemi entered the game and didn't fare much better. Indeed, it's going to extremely difficult to trust a guy who couldn't hold down a backup role with the two-time defending champion Penguins, but then again, Niemi could once again find himself out of a job when Roberto Luongo (thumb) returns to action.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
4 weeks ago

Niemi was snagged off the waiver wire by the Panthers on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niemi's time with Pittsburgh is officially over after three appearances in which he logged a horrendous 7.50 GAA and .797 save percentage. The 34-year-old narrowly avoids his first stint in the minors since 2008-09 and will instead head to Florida. The Panthers bringing in another netminder doesn't bode well for the long-term outlook for Roberto Luongo (thumb) who was injured, coincidentally, in a game against the Penguins.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
1 month ago

Niemi was designated for waivers by Pittsburgh on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Describing Niemi's performance as abysmal to start the season might still be an understatement considering he is 0-3-0 with a 7.50 GAA and .797 save percentage. The team did not provide a clear indication of what the next step would be if the 34-year-old clears waivers, but one has to imagine his time as the backup is over. Netminders Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry are both available with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and would be hard pressed to perform worse than Niemi.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
1 month ago

Niemi registered 25 saves in a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The smell from his game in Pittsburgh is no different than the odor from Dallas. Niemi's game has been on a serious slide over the last couple years. At this rate, it's only a matter of time before he finds himself out of a job.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
1 month ago

Niemi will start between the pipes in Saturdy's road game against the Lightning, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niemi has been dreadful this season, posting an 0-2-0 record while registering an atrocious 7.93 GAA and .809 save percentage in two appearances. He'll hope to right the ship Saturday in a tough road matchup with a high-powered Tampa Bay offense that's averaging 3.63 goals per game this season, fourth in the NHL.

Antti Niemi
G MTL
1 month ago

Niemi will start in goal on the road against the Lightning on Thursday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Finnish netminder was awful in his Penguins debut last Thursday, as he surrendered four goals on 13 shots before getting yanked from the cage less than 10 minutes into an eventual 10-1 loss to the Blackhawks. Niemi is firmly entrenched as the No. 2 backup behind Matt Murray, but he'll face yet another stiff test -- this time against a Lightning squad that features Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, who are some of the best forwards in the league joining underrated playmaker Vladislav Namestnikov on that top line and first power-play unit.