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Sharks will let Finns do the talking in net

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08:17 AM ET 09.16 | The Sharks will let a pair of Finns duke it out. Antero Niittymaki's new goaltender mask features a couple of cartoon sharks grinning malevolently beneath mobster-style fedoras. One shark totes a machine gun that could be straight from "The Untouchables." "It describes how there's a new big fish in town," David Arrigo, the Toronto-based artist who crafted the mask, said last month. Arrigo's sentiment quickly became outdated. When the Sharks open training camp Saturday, there will be two new big fish in goal: Niittymaki and Stanley Cup winner Antti Niemi. The Sharks signed Niemi on Sept. 2, nine weeks after they had signed Niittymaki as the heir apparent to Evgeni Nabokov.

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September 16, 2010  08:34 AM ET

And on the back of his mask is a picture of Japanese fishermen "finning" sharks. It's to represent the playoffs.

September 16, 2010  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And on the back of his mask is a picture of Japanese fishermen "finning" sharks. It's to represent the playoffs.

Good morning Canuck. Great line right off the bat.

September 16, 2010  09:10 AM ET
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Good morning Canuck. Great line right off the bat.

Morning Burgh-Fan. Thanks, I just call 'em as I imagine 'em.

September 16, 2010  09:38 AM ET

shark....fin....I get it.
boy the store of clever humour just seems endless at dear olde T&R.
hey T&R? leave the puns to the experts here that do the posting, and and stick to your never ending cycle of Forsberg/Burke/Coyotes stories please?
How about watching the board for those ridiculous date/shopping postings...better yet?

September 16, 2010  11:16 AM ET

Finns to the left of me, Finns to the right.....

And, I forget the rest of the song.

September 16, 2010  11:27 AM ET

"One shark totes a machine gun." The other of course has no teeth. You east coast guys are way ahead of me.

September 16, 2010  11:48 AM ET

What's with Antero Niittymaki's obsession with Tommy Guns anyway? He's been shooting blanks ever since he came to the NHL.

September 16, 2010  12:06 PM ET
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"One shark totes a machine gun." The other of course has no teeth. You east coast guys are way ahead of me.

I'm actually west of you.

September 16, 2010  12:21 PM ET
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I'm actually west of you.

And I believe only OT can say that to you

September 16, 2010  12:44 PM ET
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And I believe only OT can say that to you

Stranger and Taro too.

September 16, 2010  01:11 PM ET
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And I believe only OT can say that to you

And how could I forget our buddy Hank?

September 16, 2010  01:16 PM ET

The Sharks are Finnished as contenders.

September 16, 2010  01:59 PM ET
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The Sharks are Finnished as contenders.

Great first post! (better than most of mine that's for sure).

September 16, 2010  02:23 PM ET
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Finns to the left of me, Finns to the right.....And, I forget the rest of the song.

I'm stuck in like Greiss unlike you....Stuck in the Greiss unlike you....Here I am! Stuck in like Greiss unlike you!

September 16, 2010  02:26 PM ET

The sharks are finnished in net? Twice!

Hows that one? That's all I got at the moment, so I'm finnished! ;)

September 16, 2010  02:49 PM ET
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The sharks are finnished in net? Twice!Hows that one? That's all I got at the moment, so I'm finnished! ;)

This could be a season long trend if the Sharks don't do well.

September 16, 2010  03:49 PM ET
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This could be a season long trend if the Sharks don't do well.

Oh the Sharks will do well....right up until April.

September 16, 2010  03:56 PM ET
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Oh the Sharks will do well....right up until April.

Yuppers, the it's off to the country club for some golf, and a lot of whine and beer!

September 16, 2010  04:08 PM ET
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Yuppers, the it's off to the country club for some golf, and a lot of whine and beer!

Soooooo, just so I'm clear - you're saying they will be finnished by April?

 
September 16, 2010  08:39 PM ET
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Soooooo, just so I'm clear - you're saying they will be finnished by April?

I think the season ends April 9th or there abouts, so a quick 5 or 6 game series and they're gone. Yep, end of April sounds about right.

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