The Sharks have had “no serious discussions” with pending unrestricted free agent goalie Antti Niemi about a contract extension, his agent told CSNCalifornia.com on Monday via email.
On April 15, Niemi was asked if he’d like to return to the Sharks.
“Yeah, we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has twice declined to comment on Niemi, as well as the team’s other free agents in his media sessions after the season. Matt Irwin, John Scott and Scott Hannan all have expiring contracts as well, and all would hit the open market on July 1.
Niemi, 31, just completed his fifth season as the Sharks’ starting goaltender. In 338 career games with Chicago and San Jose, he is 190-100-40 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He turns 32 in August.
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The Sharks also have a decision to make on forward Adam Burish, who was waived in January, loaned to Chicago (AHL), and is still owed $1.85 million in the final year of a four-year contract.
It's highly likely Burish has played his final game in a Sharks sweater after the team seemingly wanted to distance itself from the 32-year-old injury-plagued winger. A buyout of Burish may be preferable to both parties.
Burish is represented by the same agent as Niemi, Markus Lehto, who called Burish's status "uncertain."
"We will see in near future what happens," Lehto said.