SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The San Jose Sharks ended the NHL draft with one of the biggest needs they had entering the weekend: finding a starting goaltender.
Instead of acquiring one of the several goalies who changed teams this weekend, the Sharks instead traded the negotiating rights to their former starter Antti Niemi to Dallas for a seventh-round pick Saturday.
Niemi was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and was not expected to re-sign with San Jose. He had been the starter the past five seasons in San Jose but is coming off his worst season as a Shark in terms of goals against. Niemi was 31-23-7 last season with a 2.59 goals against average and .914 save percentage as San Jose’s 10-year playoff run ended.
Among the other goalies dealt over the weekend were Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers, Los Angeles’ Martin Jones…
View original post 387 more words