The Montreal Canadiens have signed Antti Niemi to a one-year contract extension.
He played 19 games for the Canadiens, recording a .929 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average along with a 7-5-4 record. There was little expectation of him having an impact with the .797 save percentage he posted with the Penguins and the .872 mark he had in Florida but he found his game.
His play allowed the team to trade Al Montoya, sending him to the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional pick that ended up being a fourth-round pick.
Niemi staying means that the Canadiens have options when it comes to Charlie Lindgren. Lindgren recently signed a one-way contract but does not require waivers to go to the AHL this season.
Niemi’s contract is for $950,000 on the salary cap.
Le Canadien s'entend pour un an avec Antti Niemi. Le salaire est de 950 000$.— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) May 22, 2018