Tag: Antti Niemi


Hamburglar sticks: Sens ink Hammond to three-year, $4.05M extension


The Hamburglar has been rewarded.

On Wednesday, Ottawa announced that it re-upped with Andrew Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — on a three-year, $4.05 million contract, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $1.35M.

The annual salary breakdown:

Hammond, 27, was one of the NHL’s most unlikely success stories this year, if not the most unlikely. Never a star at the NCAA or AHL level, he came out of nowhere to go on a remarkable run — 20-1-2 down the stretch — to help the Sens rally for a playoff spot.

Hammond finished the year with a .941 save percentage and 1.79 GAA, and was Ottawa’s starter heading into its opening-round series against the Habs. But he ceded his starting position to Craig Anderson after two tough outings and, in light of that, it’ll be interesting to see how the Sens’ goalie situation plays out next year and beyond.

Anderson, 33, is signed through 2018 at $4.2 million per while Robin Lehner — who, after suffering a concussion in February, opened the door for Hammond to play — has two more years left at $2.225M per.

(As pointed out by sharp commenter dsawaia29, Ottawa also inked college free agent goalie Matt O’Connor out of Boston University.)

Sens GM Bryan Murray said he’ll look to deal one of his two netminders once Hammond was signed, so it’ll be interesting to see who’s on the move this summer as the available goalie market just got another experienced addition, to go along with Antti Niemi, Karri Ramo, Michal Neuvirth and, quite possibly, Eddie Lack.

Related: If Anderson is available, should the Oilers be interested?

No talks between Isles and Neuvirth, who’s ‘ready to be the No. 1 goalie’

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals - Game Five

Sounds like New York Islanders backup netminder Michal Neuvirth is ready to test the free agent goalie market.

“We haven’t heard from the Islanders,” Neuvirth’s agent, Patrik Stefan, told PHT via email. “And Michal is ready to be the number one goalie.”

Neuvirth, 27, was sent to the Islanders from Buffalo at the deadline and played in just a handful of games — five regular-season (1-3-1, 2.94 GAA, .881 save percentage) and one in the playoffs, an 11-minute relief appearance of Jaroslav Halak during an opening-round playoff loss to Washington.

In Buffalo, Neuvirth showed flashes of a guy that could be a No. 1, especially in the weeks leading up to his trade. The Czech netminder posted a .938 save percentage in February and, overall, had a .918 in 27 games — pretty good, considering the Sabres were the NHL’s worst team this year.

Assuming he goes to market, Neuvirth will have a few things going for him. One, he’s relatively young, having just turned 27 in March. Two, he has a fair bit of experience — over 160 regular-season contests, and 10 in the playoffs. Three, he could be affordable, having just wrapped a two-year, $5 million deal with a $2.5M average annual cap hit.

But there are a number of other potential goalies primed to hit the market. Calgary could move on from Karri Ramo, and Vancouver has hinted that Eddie Lack may be available for trade. Antti Niemi may not be re-signed by San Jose and there is the possibility that Minnesota can’t come to terms with Vezina finalist Devan Dubnyk, who goes unrestricted on July 1.

If Anderson is available, should the Oilers be interested?

Craig Anderson

If the Ottawa Senators re-sign goalie Andrew Hammond — and it sounds like they intend to try — they’ll need to trade one of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner.

If they decide to trade Anderson, should the Oilers be interested?

There’s no easy answer to that question, because there’s no certainty, not ever, when it comes to a goaltender. But at the very least, the veteran Anderson possesses a body of work that suggests a modicum of reliability.

In 406 NHL games for the Blackhawks, Panthers, Avalanche and Senators, Anderson has a .915 career save percentage. That’s in line with Jonathan Quick (.915 in 407 games) and Ryan Miller (.915 in 604 games). Anderson’s numbers this season, albeit in just 35 regular-season appearances, were among the best in the league. He was even better in the playoffs.

If there’s a concern about Anderson, it’s his age — he’ll be 34 next week. He’s had his share of injuries as well. But his contract is reasonable, with three years left at a cap hit of $4.2 million. Edmonton would pay that in a heartbeat to stabilize a position that badly needs to be stabilized.

Now, it’s possible the Senators try first to deal Lehner. So, might the Oilers be interested in him? Possibly. But Lehner is only 23, and he’s never started more than 30 games in the NHL. For all his upside — and he has quite a bit — his inexperience may not be a great fit in Edmonton. The same goes for a guy like Cam Talbot. Great NHL numbers, but a limited body of work. Plus, Talbot’s numbers (.931 save percentage in 57 games) were compiled with the help of some pretty good defensemen. (Remember that Ben Scrivens had good numbers with the Kings before the Oilers got him.)

Another experienced goalie the Oilers could pursue this offseason is unrestricted free agent Antti Niemi. We’re just not sure that would happen if Todd McLellan ends up becoming their coach.

Related: Why sign Miller? Benning wanted ‘a goalie with experience’

Agent: ‘No serious discussions’ between Niemi, Sharks on new deal

Antti Niemi

Sure sounds as though San Jose is ready to move on from Antti Niemi.

Niemi, the club’s starting goalie for most of the last four seasons, doesn’t appear close to a new deal, agent Markus Lehto told CSN Bay Area on Monday.


The Sharks have had “no serious discussions” with pending unrestricted free agent goalie Antti Niemi about a contract extension, his agent told CSNCalifornia.com on Monday via email.

On April 15, Niemi was asked if he’d like to return to the Sharks.

“Yeah, we’ll see what happens,” he said.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has twice declined to comment on Niemi, as well as the team’s other free agents in his media sessions after the season. Matt Irwin, John Scott and Scott Hannan all have expiring contracts as well, and all would hit the open market on July 1.

It’s long been believed the Sharks would part ways with the Finnish netminder this summer. He was a central figure in the infamous playoff collapse to Los Angeles and, at the start of this season, was thrown into an open competition with backup Alex Stalock for the No. 1 gig. Niemi didn’t win the job so much as Stalock failed to grab hold of it and, as a result, started the majority of games (61, to Stalock’s 19) — but Niemi also posted one of his lowest save percentages (.914) and highest GAAs (2.59) since joining the Sharks in 2010.

It’ll be interesting to see what San Jose does in goal moving forward. In late February, we passed along a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in which he suggested the Sharks were looking for “a 25-year-old goalie who can play a few years for them.” Shortly thereafter, they signed 24-year-old University of Wisconsin standout Joel Rumple to a one-year deal, putting him in the mix with Stalock and AHL Worcester’s Troy Grosenick to compete for minutes next season.

Based on that trio’s lack of big-league experience, though, it’s likely the Sharks will target a more proven entity in goal.

Goalie nods: After 39 straight starts, Dubnyk gets a rest


News and notes from around the crease…

“Duuuuuuubs” takes a break

For the first time since Jan. 15, the Minnesota Wild will start a goalie not named Devan Dubnyk.

Dubnyk, who’s made 39 consecutive starts — one with Arizona, 38 with the Wild — will be dropped from the lineup entirely tonight as Darcy Kuemper will start in goal against Nashville, with Niklas Backstrom backing up.

While kicking back and relaxing, Dubnyk can reflect on what’s been a truly impressive — and borderline unbelievable — bounce-back campaign. He’s 36-13-4 on the year with a 2.04 GAA and .930 save percentage, numbers made even more remarkable given that, last year, he bounced around three different organizations and finished with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

For the Predators, Pekka Rinne is the likely starter.


Sens at Rangers: Andrew Hammond vs. Henrik Lundqvist

‘Canes at Flyers: Cam Ward vs. Ray Emery

Wings at Habs: Jimmy Howard vs. Carey Price

Devils at Bolts: Keith Kinkaid vs. Ben Bishop

Bruins at Panthers: Tuukka Rask (probable) vs. Roberto Luongo

‘Hawks at Blues: Corey Crawford (probable) vs. Jake Allen

Jets at Avs: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Reto Berra

Kings at Flames: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Jonas Hiller

Sharks at Oilers: Antti Niemi vs. Laurent Brossoit

Coyotes at Canucks: Mike Smith vs. Eddie Lack