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06-04-2012, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by magic school bus View Post
Niemi had a down year, but so did a lot of the Sharks so it's not all his fault. We barely got to use Havlat and Burns spent half the season adjusting to a new team. Boyle was playing on a broken foot for the first month which really put us in a hole. Sharks fans were offering a lot of guys away, but I wouldn't put too much stock into that. It was a frustrating year.

Griess? I don't see him being a starter. Could be a good backup for a team like Biron is in NY (to play 25 or so times a year to give "the guy" some rest)

Still, I would trade Niemi if the right top-4 defenseman was offered. It would have to be a puck mover, who can skate. Preferably a left hander.
Niemi did not really have a down year... He did have one bad month after an injury, but even with that overall he played as expected.

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