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Sharks place goaltender Niittymaki on waivers

TSN.ca Staff

1/26/2012 3:13:44 AM

Goaltender Antero Niittymaki was placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old keeper has missed the majority of this season recovering from September hip surgery.

In his absence, Thomas Greiss has shone in San Jose's crease, seeing time as a backup.

In 234 career NHL games with the Flyers, Lightning and Sharks, Niittymaki has posted a 95-86-31 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.

Niittymaki is in the final year of a two-year contract worth an annual average of $2 million. The Sharks assigned him to Worcester (AHL) last week on a conditioning stint.