Antti up: Canadiens claim veteran G Niemi off waivers
(TSX / STATS) -- The Montreal Canadiens claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers on Tuesday.
The Canadiens' goaltending carousel has been in constant rotation this season as former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price has been nursing a lower-body injury while backup Al Montoya is sidelined due to a concussion.
Rookie Charlie Lindgren (3-1-0, 1.24 goals-against average) has fared well in their absence, but Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin saw an opportunity with Niemi.
"We had a chance to claim an experienced goaltender off waivers. We wanted to protect the organization," Bergevin said Tuesday.
Niemi has struggled this season, however, posting an 0-4-0 mark in five appearances with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers. The 34-year-old owns a 227-129-51 mark with 35 shutouts, a 2.52 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 428 career regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Penguins and Panthers.
As Chicago's goaltender during the 2010 playoffs, he helped the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961 by going 16-6 with two shutouts.
Updated November 14, 2017