Thursday, May 24, 2018
Fringe Signings (May 24)
It was a rough start to the 2018 season for goaltender Antti Niemi, bouncing out of Pittsburgh to Florida and then bouncing again up to Montreal, but it was that last bounce on the waiver wire that landed him to a spot, where he found a little bit more success. On Tuesday this week, Niemi was rewarded for that success, as the Habs gave him a 1-year, $950,000 deal, bringing him back to be Carey Price's backup for the 2019 season.
Niemi finished 54th in pool scoring among goalies and did make an appearance in the hockey pool, when Derek B. drafted him, eventually dropping him. He now doesn't look like a terrible option again, but we'll wait and see on that judgement, closer to the draft.