Blackhawks agree to terms with Finnish goalie Niemi

Updated: May 5, 2008, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with Finnish goalie Antti Niemi on Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Niemi went 26-6-14 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 49 games last season -- his third with the Pelicans of the SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League.

"Antti is one of the top European goaltenders," Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We like his size, athleticism, ability and the depth that this gives us at this position. We're thrilled to add a young talent like Niemi to our stable of prospects."

The 24-year-old Niemi is 56-44-29 with a 2.71 GAA in his career.


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