Note that the NHL holiday trade freeze means teams cannot make deals between December 19 and December 27.

Team(s) Involved-San Jose Sharks:  On December 23rdThe Sharks recalled Antero Niittymaki from his conditioning assignment with the Worcester Sharks. It is believed that The Sharks are hoping to trade one of their back-up goalies, either Thomas Greiss or Niittymaki. Nittymaki has yet to play a game this season due to an injury. Greiss is 4-4 with a 2.37 GAA this season, after playing over in Europe during the 2010-2011 season. Antti Niemi is 15-6 this year and there is almost no chance he is traded. Niittymaki has been rumored to be heading to his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, since the end of last season, and with the weak play of Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon, it is very possible that San Jose makes a move.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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