Can't be anything but a good signing. The best signing of Anaheim they will do this off-season. Tarkki can be used even as a number 1 (in a worst case scenario). One of the 10 best finnish goalies. I'd say he's nowhere near the goalie as Rinne, Kipprusoff and now Rask are but of the same calibre as Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymäki.
Very nice. It never hurts taking chances on signing good goalies from European leagues. I'm glad Syracuse finally has solid goaltending now but my question is, who's the odd man out in Syracuse next year... Bobkov or pielmeier? Could they see their time split between Syracuse and Elmira???
Tarkki is an very consistent and technically great goalie. He can win games alone and the difference of his good game and bad game isn't so big. Rarely let in easy goals. Big size, quick legs, hands and good positioning. Overall he is one of the best goalies from Finland including NHL-goalies. He's bad at shootouts, hes decent at breakaways. Definitelly NHL-starter goalie potential. It was just matter of time which team would sign him. Very good signing for Ducks he could be your future starter goalie.
The Ducks needed to do something at the goalie position. They have no depth in the minors, and they have a risk that Hiller will not be able to come back at his prior level or at all. As much as people were unhappy with Ellis, he had a good record here last season, and the Ducks were lucky to get him for McBackup, who had fallen apart as the "starter" after Hiller went out.
I suspect that this means that Emery is gone, since there would be no need to have four goalies that could play at the NHL level. If the Ducks resign Emery it is an indication to me that we have seen the last of Hiller, or that Murray has a trade lined up for Ellis.
If Hiller can play I expect that Tarkki will start the season in Syracuse, and then move up mid season after he has learned to play better on North American ice. If you recall, Hiller started this way.
He could be future starter in NHL and he really challenges hiller for the starter role maybe not next year but the year after. But Hiller is an elite NHL-goalie and Tarkki has just signed with the NHL club. Long way to go but the potential is definitely there.