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06-14-2007, 03:37 PM
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Flyers sign Niittymaki to two-year $2.45 million deal

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed restricted free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a new two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=210823&hubname=nhl

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Bit surprised it's for more than 1 year. Trade bait?

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Hmmmmm 6 minutes befire I received a text from the Flyers themselves.

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Nice, I haven't given up on Niittymaki like most here.

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Nice, I haven't given up on Niittymaki like most here.
Seconded. If we base anything on last year--the whole team sucks. In Previous years he was good and still should be. A winning team/a winning goalie he is.

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When will we know for how much?

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Well, I don't mind this too much, he can be more relaxed in the back-up role and hopefully regain that Olympic form.

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Bit surprised it's for more than 1 year. Trade bait?
I kinda am too, even for trade bait. You'd think he'd want to sign a 1 year deal and if he can return to form, try for a raise next year. If not, go home and play for more in Europe. 2 years will probably make him easier to deal I guess.

I'd hate to see him go however.

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Great, this removes any doubt that Esche might be signed.

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I'm glad he decied to stay instead of going back to Europe.

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as long as he didnt get a raise im happy. i still think he has the talent to be a number 1

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2 years/2.45million

Sounds good to me. Small 225 000$ raise per year, hopefulyl its enough to keep him happy.

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He'll be a UFA after this contract right?

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wow thats actually horrible then. we lose nitty and Biron to FA in the same year.

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wow thats actually horrible then. we lose nitty and Biron to FA in the same year.

Are you kidding me? They will both have their names newly engraved on the Cup. They're gonna be tripping over each other to re-sign with us.

EDIT: I expected one year, but I'm OK with two. I still want to see how he'll play when 100% healthy.

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wow thats actually horrible then. we lose nitty and Biron to FA in the same year.
If everything goes to plan the Flyers probably won't be needing both, hopefully another goalie steps up in the system.

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If everything goes to plan the Flyers probably won't be needing both, hopefully another goalie steps up in the system.
Er. We have no good goalie prospects right now, wild-cards at best.

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2 year deal. I am really surprised. I guess NItty will be easier to trade if he does nto elevate his game.

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I'm happy about this, he's still young and definatly has upside (I mean he was the MVP in the AHL playoffs and the Olympics). We have no good goalies in the system. 2 years and that prices is not bad, the team was awful this year and he played hurt all year.

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Niittymaki's concerns were legitimate, and he expressed them to general manager Paul Holm-gren during recent contract discussions.

"When I was talking to him he asked me, 'I am going to play just five games, how much will I play?' I told him that how much he played would be up to him," Holmgren said.

"There was no animosity in his question. He just wanted to know what his role was going to be. I told him I didn't see Marty Biron playing 77 games and that he was going to have a role but how much he played would depend on him.

"And he said, 'OK. That's fine. I'm going to beat him out anyway.' "



I hope that's the attitude Niitty comes into camp with. Competition at every position will only makes this team better.

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/spor...iittymaki.html

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"And he said, 'OK. That's fine. I'm going to beat him out anyway.' "[/I]


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Er. We have no good goalie prospects right now, wild-cards at best.
I think Jakub Kovar (2006, #109 overall, CZE) is gonna be a good one, but there's still plenty of time before he crosses the pond.

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Niittymaki's concerns were legitimate, and he expressed them to general manager Paul Holm-gren during recent contract discussions.

"When I was talking to him he asked me, 'I am going to play just five games, how much will I play?' I told him that how much he played would be up to him," Holmgren said.

"There was no animosity in his question. He just wanted to know what his role was going to be. I told him I didn't see Marty Biron playing 77 games and that he was going to have a role but how much he played would depend on him.

"And he said, 'OK. That's fine. I'm going to beat him out anyway.' "



I hope that's the attitude Niitty comes into camp with. Competition at every position will only makes this team better.

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/spor...iittymaki.html
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