Niittymaki finds a role with Bolts

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. "We fully recognized the need to add an experienced back-up goaltender this summer and today we feel we’ve accomplished that goal," Lawton said. "Not only is Antero already an established number two in the NHL who can steal games, but we feel he is very capable of working with Mike Smith to give us a formidable 1-2 punch in goal."

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Well, a couple days after it looked as though Niittymaki's NHL days were all but done, he's back as an NHL backup, likely at a steep discount from the preliminary contract he signed in the KHL earlier this week. It's a solid signing for the Lightning, who look to be far superior in goal and on the blueline next season.

As for that KHL gig in Atlant, Martin Gerber and Kevin Weekes are rumoured to be in the running. (According to overseas reports, anyway.)

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