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Canadiens re-sign Antti Niemi

The Finnish netminder agrees to a one-year, one-way contract with the Club

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Niemi on a one-year, one-way contract (2018-19). The agreement has an annual average value (AAV) of $950,000 U.S.

Niemi, 34, was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Last season, Niemi posted a 7-5-4 record, 2.46 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games with the Canadiens. In 24 games with Montreal, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Florida Panthers in 2017-18, he compiled a 7-9-4 record, 3.12 goals-against average, and .911 save percentage.

In March, the Montreal chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association selected him as the Canadiens' 2017-18 nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

A native of Vantaa, Finland, Niemi has appeared in 447 NHL contests with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Penguins, Panthers, and Canadiens. He holds a 234-134-55 record, 2.52 goals-against average, and .913 save percentage to go along with 36 shutouts.

Niemi won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

Never drafted, Niemi signed as a free agent with Chicago ahead of the 2008-09 season. He joined the Canadiens when he was claimed off waivers from Florida on November 14.

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