PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers.READ MORE: Man Sentenced For Throwing Concrete At Pittsburgh Police Car At Protest
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the team made the move Monday afternoon.
The move should come as no surprise to many. To say Niemi has struggled with the Penguins would be putting it nicely. In his three starts for the Penguins, he’s allowed a whopping 16 goals on just 79 shots. To date, Niemi boasts a 7.50 GAA with a .797 save percentage.
Niemi (PIT) and Fehr (TOR) on waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 23, 2017
In his Penguins debut, Niemi allowed four goals on 13 shots against the Chicago Blackhawks. That debut lasted just 9:16 as Murray came on in relief. The Penguins went on to lose 10-1.
Niemi then allowed five goals on 34 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 12. In his most recent start, Niemi was shelled again by the Lightning. On Sunday, he allowed seven goals on 32 shots as the Penguins fell 7-1.
READ MORE: North Versailles Man Arrested In Illegal Trash Dumping Incidents
Coach on Niemi: “The plan is he’s going to go on waivers and the organization will make decisions going forward.”
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 23, 2017
The Penguins signed Niemi to a one-year deal worth $700,000 over the summer. He was brought in to be a veteran backup after Marc-Andre Fleury was selected by the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.
Later in the day, the Pens recalled goaltender Casey DeSmith from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has made three starts this season for the Penguins’ minor league affiliate, posting a 3-0 record.
Oct. 24 Update:
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Niemi was claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers. Niemi could help fill a gap in Florida due to an injury to Roberto Luongo’s hand.
Luongo suffered the injury during the Penguins’ 4-3 win over Florida on Friday.
MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 7,606 New Cases, 100 More Deaths
FLA claims Niemi from PIT on waivers. All others from yesterday cleared. NYR put Cracknell on waivers,
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 24, 2017
Stay With KDKA.com For More Details