Ville Nieminen

Nieminen Finished As A Ranger

The Rangers today made a peripheral move, dealing left wing Ville Nieminen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2006 3rd Round Pick.  A healthy scratch in his last game as a Ranger, Nieminen had been in and out of the line-up several times as Rangers coach Tom Renney experimented with line combinations and attempted to get a more aggressive game from the Finnish silver medalist.

The move comes just days before Petr Prucha is expected to return from injury, but may have also been made as a result of the play of several Rangers prospects down in Hartford.  There’s also some speculation that the Rangers may now make another move, and perhaps include this pick or another in the deal.

Ville Nieminen
Height: 6-0Age: 28
Weight: 210Birthday: April 6, 1977
Position: Left WingBirthplace: Tampere, Finland
Shoots: LeftDrafted: 1997 NHL Entry Draft – Colorado Avalanche – #78 (3rd round)
Salary: 2 years, 700k per year
 REGULAR SEASON
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIMPPGSHGSOG 
1999-2000Colorado AvalancheNHL100000002 
2000-2001Colorado AvalancheNHL5014822+8322068 
2001-2002Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL13123-280011 
2002-2003Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7591221-25930286 
2003-2004Chicago BlackhawksNHL6021113-1511056 
2003-2004Calgary FlamesNHL19358+6180027 
2005-2006New York RangersNHL4851217+10530072 
NHL Totals  15022080012 
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