Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a seventh round selection (193rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Stars will maintain his negotiating rights until June 30.
Niemi, 31, posted a 31-23-7 record with a .914 save percentage, a 2.59 goals against average and five shutouts with San Jose last season. He spent the last five seasons in San Jose, where his 163 wins over that span were tied for the second-most in the League with Carey Price, trailing only Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.
In his NHL career with San Jose and Chicago, Niemi has a 190-100-40 regular season record with a 2.39 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and 32 shutouts. He finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting during the 2012-13 season, where he posted a 24-12-6 record with a .924 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average.
Appearing in the postseason five times, he boasts a 35-26 record with a .907 save percentage and a 2.74 goals against average in the playoffs. He won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, winning all 16 games for them, and returned to the Western Conference Final with San Jose in 2011.
"Antti is a proven goaltender, who has played and succeeded at the highest levels," Nill said. "He's one of the hardest working goalies out there and we look forward to working towards an agreement."
Internationally, Niemi represented Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and won a bronze medal.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Vantaa, Finland went undrafted and was originally signed by Chicago as a free agent on May 5, 2008. He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on Sept. 2, 2010.