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Tampa Bay Lightning signs goaltender Antero Niittymaki



The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki (6 feet 1, 195 pounds). The Turku, Finland, native has played in 161 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is 62-61-23 record with a .901 save percentage and a 3.01 goals-against average. He won a silver medal with Finland in the 2006 Olympics going 5-0-1 with a 1.34 goals-against average.

"We fully recognized the need to add an experienced back-up goaltender this summer and today we feel we’ve accomplished that goal," Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said. "Not only is Antero already an established number two in the NHL who can steal games, but we feel he is very capable of working with Mike Smith to give us a formidable 1-2 punch in goal."

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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