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Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1"
Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 05/22/1975
Birth Place: Raahe, Finland
Acquired: Trade with
Dallas in 2006 (Janne Niinimaa & 5th Round Pick 2007 for Mike
Ribeiro & 6th Round Pick 2008)
Draft Team & Year: Philadelphia
Flyers in 1993
Draft Round: 2nd
Overall Choice: 36th
Salary: $2.508.000

Scouting Report

Strengths: Smooth skater
that possesses above-average offensive talent.
Weaknesses: Has good size
but doesn’t always use it. Often takes needless penalties and makes
defensive mistakes in his own end. Passed injuries seem to have slowed him
Projected Role: Spare


GM Bob Gainey
decided to trade Ribeiro for Niinimaa when it became apparent that the
Montreal Canadiens needed an extra body in the back end. Montreal is the
forth NHL team that Niinimaa has played for, and his third in the past 2
seasons. He split his season between the New York Islanders and Dallas Stars
during the 2005-2006 season. Niinimaa collected 16 points in 63 games while
posting a plus/minus of -12 during with the 2 clubs before being shipped to
the Habs during the 2006-2007 training camp.