Looking Back on One of Stan Bowman’s Biggest GM Decisions

After the 2009-2010 season, Blackhawks fans everywhere were nearly heartbroken by the amount of moves the front office had to make in order to get under the salary cap for the following year. One of those moves was letting go of the now, fan favorite goaltender, Antti Niemi. Niemi Says No Niemi played great in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs going 16-6, with a 2.63 GAA and .910 SV...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Antti Niemi Fantasy Projections 2014 2015

Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Year Team G W L GAA SV% SO 2008 CHI 3 1 1 3.4 0.864 0 2009 CHI 39 26 7 2.25 0.912 7 2010 SJ 60 35 18 2.38 0.92 6 2011 SJ 68 34 22 2.42 0.915 6 2012 SJ 43 24 12 2.16 0.924 4 2013 SJ 64 39 17 2.39 0.913 4 Antti
Via Hockey Trades | NHL Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharks Look For Answers At Training Camp

The San Jose Sharks are without a doubt one of the toughest competitors within the Pacific Division having finished first in the Division for four years in a row from the 2007-08 to 2010-11 season, even claiming one Presidents’ Trophy in 2009. The club was a Stanley Cup favorite after cracking 111 points last season and a second place finish in the Pacific. Of course postseason...
Via Beyond The Benches
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What is going on with the San Jose Sharks?

It has to be tough to be a fan of the San Jose Sharks these days. It was bad enough watching the Sharks, a perennial regular-season powerhouse, take a 3-0 series lead on the Los Angeles Kings only to see that lead disappear, ending in a heart-breaking Game 7 loss to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions. Having a historical comeback like that happen against you can be traumatizing and...
Via Sports-Glory
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharks, Kings to play outdoor game at 49ers’ new stadium

The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that the San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. “The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina hires Detroit assistant Peters as coach

RALEIGH, N.C.  -- The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach. The team announced Peters' hiring Thursday and said he would be introduced Friday during a news conference. It's the first big hire for new general manager Ron Francis, who took over in April during a reshuffling of the organization. The 48-year-old Peters spent...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The ‘Building’ Process In San Jose

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo, The Sharks have told Antti Niemi that he will have to compete for the net with Alex Stalock. Niemi has one year left on his contract; Stalock just signed a two-year extension. They told Boyle that they wanted to make room for younger defensemen, and they have told Brad Stuart something similar. Stuart has a limited no-trade clause and one...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Goalie Bloopers from the 2013-2014 Season

With the NHL season now concluded, we get to take a look back at some of the funnier moments of the 2013-14 season. One thing that we saw quite often this past season was goalies having trouble playing the puck. Check out the Top 5 goalie bloopers from this season! 5. Carter Hutton – Nashville Predators 4. Jonathan Bernier – Toronto Maple Leafs 3. Antti Niemi – San Jose Sharks...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks trade Dan Boyle’s rights to Islanders

The San Jose Sharks traded the rights to defensman Dan Boyle to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Boyle, 37, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. If he signs with the islanders before the start of the 2014-15 season, the Islanders will instead send their 2015 fourth-round pick to the Sharks. Boyle had 12 goals...
Via Sports-Glory
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Other goalie options

Many people were not very pleased with the play of Antti Niemi this past season. The general consensus in the public is that Niemi isn't the solution in goal, and he shouldn't be the team's number one starter. I'm not so sure that he is the problem; it's more the defense. He posted a .913 save percentage, (19th in the league) and a 2.39 goals against average ...
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks have decision to make in net

The most immediate question surrounding the Sharks’ dramatic demise has been answered, as general manager Doug Wilson has voiced his support for head coach Todd McLellan and staff. Perhaps the next biggest pressing issue to be resolved is what to do about the team’s goaltending. Antti Niemi’s inconsistent regular season carried over into the playoffs, and while there is a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Kings Pull Of Improbable Series Victory

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The Kings stayed alive with a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 on the road Saturday. LA Goaltender Jonathan Quick had 30 saves to record his eighth career postseason shutout. Tyler Toffoli received a pass from Tanner Pearson and was able to create enough space to get off a snap shot that beat Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to put the Kings in front 8...
Via TopSportsReport
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Anze Kopitar scores sick Game 7 goal

In the second period of Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks, Kopitar scored an absolutely sick goal that deserves another look. Kings winger Justin Williams drove down the right side of the ice deep in the Sharks’ zone, while Kopitar drove to the front of the net. Williams then fired a pass to Kopitar, who collected it, paused for just a split second, made a quick move to the right...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Antti Niemi will start for Sharks in Game 7 after sitting Game 6

With one game to decide if the Sharks live to see another day in the 2013-14 season, coach Todd McLellan is turning back to his No. 1 goaltender in net. After being benched in Game 6, Antti Niemi will get the start for San Jose in Game 7 on Wednesday night against the Kings. Captain Joe Thornton says he'll be ready to go. Niemi has not been particuarly strong in this series...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks To Start Alex Stalock In Net For Game 6

The San Jose Sharks announced this afternoon that starting goaltender Antti Niemi would not be playing Game 6 in Los Angeles against the Kings. But instead, they will roll with rookie netminder Alex Stalock, who will start his first ever playoff game.  Although Stalock has never officially started a playoff game, he has proven that he’s more than […]
Via The Hockey Report
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The San Jose Sharks Need To Make A Goalie Change

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News, The Sharks have a goalie decision to make. It shouldn't be a tough one. Alex Stalock, come on down. There was no official word Sunday that Stalock will indeed be replacing Antti Niemi in net for Monday night's Game 6 against the Los Angeles Kings. But anyone with two eyes who has watched Niemi struggle in the last two games...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The LA Kings Gain Confidence With Another Win Over the San Jose Sharks

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, “We just gave ourselves a chance to play another game,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said of Game 6, which will be Monday at Staples Center. “It's a Game 7, obviously, for us again. We're going to enjoy this one tonight and start getting ready tomorrow and same old story, really.” The Sharks lead the series, three games...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharks By A Fieldgoal

            If you thought the Sharks would be up 3-0 in this series then I'd call you bold-faced liar.  I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the Sharks speed game in this series outduel the Kings clogging style.  But this series is still not over.  I know you hear it all the time but it really will be the 4th  Sharks victory in this series that will be the hardest...
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Kings Go Down 2 Games to None to Sharks

The Kings playoff run started badly with a 6-3 loss in Game 1 of their First Round series in San Jose on Thursday. Down 5-0 the visitors did pull three goals back in the third period, but the damaged had already been done. With Martin Jones having taken over for Jonathan Quick, who had given up five goals on 28 shots, at the start of the final period LA scored their first just 2...
Via TopSportsReport
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Niemi doesn't know if he's starting Sharks' playoff opener

Antti Niemi said on Tuesday that he still doesn’t know if he’s going to be the man between the pipes for Thursday’s playoff opener against Los Angeles. But, just like he has all season, he’ll prepare as if he’s getting the call. "Either way, you've got to prepare yourself to be ready to play,” he said. “So, I do anything I would (normally do). Just like in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

First Round Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

With the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs less than 24 hours away, its time for me to reveal my picks for the 1st round. My bold prediction is, a #1 seed will go down in the 1st round, and which one I am picking may surprise you. Onto the picks we go. We'll start with the Western Conference, since I'm sick of the East coast bias.   Western Conference - Pacific Division ...
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks beat Phoenix Coyotes in regular-season finale

Joe Pavelski reached the 40-goal milestone, then added one for good measure. Antti Niemi made 30 saves and gave up fewer goals than he had in four of his past five starts. Oh, and the Sharks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night to head into the playoffs on a two-game winning streak. Not a gem by any means, but all in all, not a bad way to end a regular season that saw...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks Lose Bid For Division Title

Scrambling to tie the game from two points behind in the last period, the San Jose Sharks saw the title taken from them after losing to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. The loss against Anaheim enabled the Ducks to clinch the Pacific Division Title for the second straight year. The loss has created a first round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Kings. Unfortunately, the Sharks have...
Via Bay Sports Report
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Soft Goals An Issue For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News, Players rarely talk about giving up soft goals because that pretty much reflects on the man in the pads who was the last line of defense. But they used that term Wednesday night after the Sharks lost 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks and no one would challenge the usage. The Sharks played well, undermined by three goals...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Battle In The Pacific

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, In the battle to win the Pacific Division and avoid the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round as a result, San Jose hit a bump Thursday night in a 4-3 home loss to Winnipeg in which Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was not at his best. The Sharks had a chance to widen their lead over Anaheim to four points, but instead it's just two points with...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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