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Flyers sign Niittymaki…as a scout

Jun 5, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Flyers are bringing goalie Antero Niittymaki into the fold, though not in the manner you might expect.

The veteran Finnish netminder will be joining the organization in a scouting capacity, according to Flyers reporter Anthony SanFilippo.

“I always liked it there [in Philadelphia],” Niittymaki said. “I had a great seven years there. I kind of grew up with the organization in the minors and then got a chance in the NHL.

“I was able to kind of get my name out there with the Flyers and I was felt that was my team. That organization was closest to me. I like the way the organization works and all the people there and everything about it.”

Niittymaki, 32, spent six years with the Flyers organization, appearing in the eighth-most games (161) by a goalie in franchise history.

He only recently called it a career after spending his final professional season (2012-13) with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga.

Niittymaki’s last appearance in the NHL came with San Jose during the 2010-11 season, where he posted a 12-7-3 record with a .896 save percentage and 2.72 GAA.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren hired Niittymaki to scout primarily in Europe, along with fellow Finn and former Flyer Ilkka Sinisalo.

Niittymaki’s primary responsibility will be to scout European netminders.

“You don’t need to spend much time with Antero to get a feel for his knowledge of all aspects of the game, and what it takes to play at the highest level,” Holmgren said.

“We believe Antero’s understanding of the game will make him a good all around scout.”

  1. jpelle82 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    using a finnish guy to tap the secret honey hole for goaltending. i like your moves

  2. titansrbeast - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I always liked this guy as a goalie. A few years back when he played for the Sharks he came into to a couple playoff games and was able to pull em out for us. I think he’s someone who was always underrated/under appreciated but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t find a solid role somewhere in the league.

    • sjsblitz - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      He came in and relieved Niemi in that legendary game against the Kings where they Sharks over came a 5-0 deficit and won in overtime :)

  3. Habib Marwan - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    who?? i barely even remember this clown

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Troll alert. You probably weren’t watching hockey back then Chucky.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        ive forgotten more about then you even know now …

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        You seem to have forgotten even more about the English language you troglodyte.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        flyers hockey 7 pm tonight live on the golf channel

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Sidney Crosby to caddy for Tiger Woods Sunday morning.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:10 PM


  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I was surprised to see he’s only 32, as it seems like a lifetime ago that he was in net for the Flyers. I remember him best as a beast in the AHL, winning a Calder Cup with a stacked Phantoms team that included Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and Patrick Sharp. Then starting during the dreadful 06-07 season. Hopefully he can find some European goaltending gems… a Henrik Lundqvist-type pick in 7th rd sure would be nice.

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