Nieminen a Shark reports that the Rangers traded Ville Nieminen to the San Jose Sharks for a 3rd round draft pick.mikster’s view:

This shows that the Rangers may be setting up for another trade. Though Ville Nienimen was expandle, I really think his value is key in the playoffs more than the regular season. A bit upsetting for me, but the Sharks get a perfect character player. Good addition for the Sharks and we’ll see the kind of trade the Rangers may be preparing. A 3rd rounder could mean that the Rangers are definitely trading a draft pick, maybe a 3rd round or a 2nd rounder.

23 Responses to Nieminen a Shark

  1. zdeno_duchesne says:

    it worked in calgary.

    san jose is really turning it on, and this looks like a good move to me.

  2. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i’m still wondering what san jose is going to do about their goaltending, because i’d like to see toskala in ottawa for years to come once the dominator is gone.

  3. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:


  4. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:

    theyll prob trade toskala they just resigned him to make him not a playoff rental and make him more desirable

  5. Gretzkin says:


    What a waste of a totally good playoff type player.

    Eating dinner at Nolan’s restaurant after 36 holes of golf, watching the playoffs on TV


    This is a joke

  6. lockedge says:

    Sharks need offense help and defense help. They don’t need a grinder who rarely scores, even IF he is a LW. I seriously hope he isn’t paired with Michalek and Marleau.

    Oh well, a player for a pick. I think the Sharks need to rid themselves of Dimi, Fahey, and maybe Davison. Give those guys away for either offense or Defense help.

  7. Laus723 says:

    it didn’t work for calgary, though! they didn’t win the cup and there was a few games where he really hurt the team, plus he got suspended in the playoffs. He’s does his job as an agitator well, but almost to well, he’s dirty, and he’s not claude lemiux!

  8. RangerSteve says:

    This deal definately makes sense for both clubs. Prucha is set to return frmo his injury so NYR would have had to either waive a forward. Sending Nieminen to SJ at least guarantees them a 3rd rounder and cuts that contract off their books.

    Sad to see the guy go, but certainly will do wonders for the Sharks down the stretch.

  9. lockedge says:

    More desirable? He would be in an awesome position to trade right now, due to his recent play. They could have gotten some great offensivedefensive help from a deal.

    Now, he’s signed with the sharks who might not make the playoffs. More valuable? No.

  10. dre2k5 says:

    Unless they make another move before the deadline, I think the Rangers might have been better off keeping him. He is a guy that flies under the radar but can make a difference in the postseason. Also, they don’t have too many guys that fill that role on the team.

    That said, I think the Rangers real area of concern going into the playoffs should be adding some depth to their blueline. The top 4 are all quality guys but the last pairing is a weakness. If they play a team with a multifaceted offense like Ottawa, Buffalo, or Carolina in a 7 game series I think this will be exploited.

  11. SJ_Sharks_Fan_19 says:

    he is more valuable moron what do you think a team is going to want to do give a 2nd round pick for a goalie they wont see by the end of the year or give a 2nd rounder and a player for a goalie they will have for 2 or 3 years?

  12. wingerxxx says:

    This has got to be a set up for another trade. The good part is that although Niemenen had a good playoff run with Calgary, he was never a part of the future in New York. He’s incredibly erratic. I’d like to see Hollweg play more, and hopefully this means that he will.

  13. 92-93 says:

    The New York Islanders have traded forward Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini. Parrish, who signed a one-year qualifying offer worth $1.9 million with the New York Islanders last summer, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July. The 29-year-old Parrish had 135 goals in his five seasons with the Islanders. He was also a member of the United States team that competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.

  14. lockedge says:

    Players are almost always more valuable pre-trade deadline for the fact that there are contending teams with needs. Look what Dwayne Roloson went for, 1st rounder and a conditional 3rd rounder! The sellers are asking for a lot in return because they know the buyers need as much help as possible to contend for the cup. Team needs are at a lower level after the playoffs. It’s more building for next year. Sharks could have gotten a lot more for Toskala when he was on that winning streak, and even now, then they could after the playoffs.

  15. nyrules11 says:

    Hollweg will definitely play more now. I actually believe there will be another trade that will set it up so theres only 1 forward to rotate in every few games rather than the 2-3 that we have now, with Orr whenever hes needed.

  16. FLAMESOWNU says:

    bring back nemoooo to calgary!

  17. nyrules11 says:

    Expect another trade. Most likely involving a pick and Hossa, or, the pick, Hossa and Poti for a Dman. Any level of Dman… 1st pair, 2nd, or 3rd. Then Strudwick will be bumped back to #7.

  18. cementhead says:

    Just cause they signed him doesn’t mean they can’t trade him. All it means is that the team who gets him know that they would have him for the rest of this season AND the next 2 seasons. Without signing him you may only have him the rest of this season.

    If you were to trade for him tomorrow – which cir*****stances would you like him under???? (wow!)

  19. lockedge says:

    I’d obviosuly want him under a long term contact, being the quality goalie that he is, but the Sharks have basically made it clear that he’s staying put. They DID send Schaefer down, and word is that he’s off the market.

    Sure, they can trade him after the playoffs, but what good does that do right now? They have 2 great goalies who have a horrible crew of Dmen, 3 of which(at least) are AHL level at best. With such a weak D, it’s no wonder they’re fighting for a playoff spot. They need another offensive winger, and one or two quality Dmen(even stay at home dmen like Rathje would be great). What good is a goaliewhen you have Fahey and Dimitrakos out there giftwrapping the puck for the other teams?

    I just hope Dougie has more moves up his sleeve than just this

  20. thatleafsguy says:

    The Rangers actually kept Colton Orr ahead of Nieminen lol…….and I can’t believe they actually got a third round pick for Nieminen. If Nieminen is worth a 3rd rounder, Perrot a 6th rounder and Richardson a 5th rounder, don’t you think the Leafs could have gotten a pick for Czerkawski from someone????? lol

  21. SabresFan220 says:

    I saw this trade and immediately thought of it as just a Rangers roster dump. Who are the Rangers really going after? I think we’ll find out tomorrow. Just out of curiousity, are there any Czechs on the trade block for NY to add to team Czech Republic?

  22. GretzNYR99 says:

    I heard Robert Lang from some places. What a fit he would be for Team New Czech.

    Filip Kuba as well, he’s a hell of a defender.

  23. cecilturtle says:

    No way the Leafs get a pick! The only reason a team picked up Czerkawski is because he did not cost them nothing in return. As for the Rangers getting a 3rd round pick from a non-playoff team for a healthy scratch extra grinder who would have had to of been waived when Prucca comes back anyway. Koodos Slats! Actually, Koodos on every trade you have made since around the trade deadline 2 years ago. Look back at the Rangers transactions the last 2 years… Could anyone have done a better job rebuilding a team?

    Cecil Turtle

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