Thread: Speculation: Flyers looking at Niemi?
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08-18-2010, 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted by go kim johnsson 514 View Post
No, because the Sharks just signed him as a free agent (they wanted Leighton), and Greiss is a young goalie who they think can play). The Flyers aren't in the same situation where Boucher is more expendable.
After signing Niitty, Wilson (our GM) said that Niittymaki was the guy he wanted all along, and that the reason that he told Nabby he wasn't going to re-sign him, was to give Niitty interest in SJ and hit the open market.

So in short, Doug Wilson has basically said that's not true...


"We've liked him from that point. We think there will be a supply of goalies in this market, but we wanted to go get the guy we wanted and we were proactive in getting him."

Wilson's biggest concern was not that Niittymaki would sign with another NHL team. The worry was that he might re-up with Tampa Bay under the team's charismatic new general manager, Steve Yzerman.

In fact, if you were wondering why Wilson announced early last week that Nabokov would not be offered a new deal by the Sharks, there's your answer. Yes, the move was a considerate one in terms of allowing Nabokov to plan his own future. But it also sent out a message to any potential free-agent goalies that there was an opening in San Jose and so they might want to hang in there until July 1.

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