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12-21-2011, 07:35 AM
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San Jose is going to be running into an issue pretty soon with goalies.

They've got Niittymaki, who hasn't played all season, on his conditioning stint with Worchester, but the guy they called up in his place, Thomas Greiss, hasn't done badly himself. He may have proven that he is an NHL backup goatlender.

The question is, is the risk of a rusty Nittymaki worth the chance? Things have changed in Tampa Bay since he last played for them, and the ability we saw was colored by low expectations from management and whatever Mike Smith was doing at the end of games.

I don't think Niitty's 'the guy', but he showed to be more 'the guy' than Smith during his time here.

Basically, any Finn with a lack of hair playing for a California team could possibly help us.

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