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Canadiens claim goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers

The netminder arrives from the Florida Panthers

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers from the Florida Panthers. 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound goaltender has played 428 career NHL regular season games since his NHL debut in 2008-09. Niemi has a 227-129-51 career record, including 35 shutouts. He has recorded a 2.52 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in the NHL. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Niemi has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Panthers. In 2010 with Chicago, he became the first Finnish-born goalie to win the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, Niemi won the bronze medal with Team Finland at the 2014 Olympics Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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