NHL news for a Tuesday night

1. NIEMI SIGNS LONG TERM WITH SHARKS

The San Jose Sharks took care of some internal business on Monday as they signed Stanley Cup winning goalie, Antti Niemi, to a four-year contract extension worth 3.8 million dollars per-year. Niemi, who is in his first season as a Shark, came over from the Chicago Blackhawks, who he backstopped to a Stanley Cup last spring. “We wanted Antti to remain a San Jose Shark and he wanted to be here,” Sharks general manager, Doug Wilson, said. “Once he got through his expected integration period with our club, Antti’s play has been outstanding and, just as important, he has consistently been a great teammate. And like many of his teammates over this past year, he worked with us on a contract that fits within our team structure and enables us to keep our group intact.” In 42 games this season the 27 year-old has gone 23-15-3 with a 2.44 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

2. SPACEK TO MISS TIME WITH THE CANADIENS

Heading into the stretch drive the Montreal Canadiens will be without the services of veteran defenceman, Jaroslav Spacek, who will be out of action for approximately six weeks recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. “We decided to just go for a clean up. I think it’s a good thing for me, at least I can come back this season. I don’t have to sit out the rest of the year and wait for next year,” said Spacek, who said the procedure would happen as soon as possible. “For me, it’s big news. I’m so happy to come back and play this year. I don’t want to be out for six months. Four to six weeks I think, is great news. We’ll see what happens.” The 37 year-old has scored one goal and 16 points in 57 games with a +8 rating.

3. KESSEL GIVES BACK TO USA HOCKEY PROGRAM

Toronto Maple Leafs’ sniper, Phil Kessel, showed his big heart on Tuesday by donating $5,000 to the Brendan Burke Internship program. This program, which was organized and named after Leafs’ GM, Brian Burke’s, late son, is open to those college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in hockey operations.

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