Niemi signs with KHL’s Jokerit

Niemi signs with KHL’s Jokerit

By: TSN.ca Staff

After 11 years in the NHL, Antti Niemi is headed overseas.

The veteran goaltender signed a one-year deal with Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL on Wednesday.

 The move comes two months after Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said at his season-ending news conference that Niemi, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, would not be re-signed by the team.

In 17 games this season, Niemi was 8-6-2 with a goals against average of 3.78 and an .887 save percentage.

A native of Vantaa, Finland, Niemi leaves the NHL with a career record 242-140-57 with a 2.57 goal-against average and a .912 save percentage over 463 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.

He will turn 36 in August.