Antero Niittymäki is back with TPS Turku. The 32-year-old goaltender, the 2006 Olympic MVP, signed a one-year contract with his alma mater. With Atte Engren back from the Nashville Predators’ organization as well, TPS fans won’t need to worry about goaltending this season.
Niittymäki's contract came as something of a surprise, as the 32-year-old has battled with major hip problems in recent years.
“On some level, I had already mentally retired in May. I had had so many setbacks that I thought I just didn’t want to do it anymore. But things felt better in the summer,” Niittymäki told Finnish MTV3 on Tuesday.