Niittymaki signs with TPS Turku of Finnish league Staff

8/23/2012 10:09:42 AM

Antero Niittymaki is going to continue his hockey career back in his native Finland.

The 32-year-old netminder has signed with his old club team, TPS Turku of the Finnish league.

Niittymaki spent seven seasons in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and San Jose Sharks. He appeared most recently in the league with the Sharks in 2010-11.

A variety of injuries last season limited Niittymaki to 13 games in the American Hockey League for Worcester and Syracuse.

"It feels good to come back to TPS," said Niittymaki in a statement released by the Turku team. "The club made it possible to put this in place over the summer, and we came to terms very quickly on the contract."

Niittymaki appeared in 235 NHL contests with a record of 95-86-31 and a goals against average of 2.95. He had a save percentage of .902 with five shutouts.