With former Flyers’ backup goalie Antero Niittymaki ready to pull the trigger on going the KHL in Russia, Tampa Bay writer Jon Jordon is reporting the Lightning swooped in and have made him an offer.
“Lightning GM Brian Lawton has declined to say who the team is after, but said an offer has been extended and a decision is expected soon.,” wrote Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times.
Niitty did not sign a contract with any Russian team.
It didn’t seem as if any NHL team wanted Niittymaki with his extensive hip problems. But with Tampa goalie Mike Smith rumored to still be recovering from a concussion suffered late last season, the Lightning could be looking for a short-term band aid to start the season.
The move would also benefit the Lightning because of Antero’s potency against Tampa division rival Atlanta. Since he arrived with the Flyers in 2003, Niitty is 13-0 against the Thrashers, with a 1.78 GAA.