Niemi is definitely better than Crawford when he is on his game but he is also hot and cold. At least that is the Niemi when he played in Chicago. I haven’t seen him play much since but if he is still as inconsistent as he was, he solves nothing. Since we seem stuck with him, I’d just as soon take my chances on the Crawford we saw 2 seasons ago. He wasn’t great but at least he was consistent. The question is: Can he return to that form?
You think Niemi lets in two garbage OT goals in the playoffs. Hawks have a better shot with Niemi.
Niemi killed his team in game 2 and game 5. I guess it depends on the preference. Have a goalie get you to OT to lose a couple or lose a couple early instead of getting to OT. The results are the same and the offenses in front of both goalies struggled. I don't think Niemi does anything for them last year.