Here is what I think should happen with respect to our men we have between the pipes:
1) Extend Niemi's contract regardless of this seasons outcome.
2) If Nitty's injuries keep him out for much longer, we should let him walk once his contract is up (free agency during the summer of 2012). If he recovers sooner and is able to keep himself healthy once he is back on the active roster next season, I would see his extension as a good possibility unless Stalock is able to show his performance in San Jose more often next season. I wouldn't trade Nitty because he played very consistently in the first half of the season and the reason he wasn't well established as the starting or backup goalie was because the coaching staff had two great goaltenders with which to juggle with (making it hard to establish an official starter), and it was really only when Nitty was first injured that Niemi got the starting job and knew immediately he had to kick up his level of play and he developed his consistency. I also wouldn't risk putting Nitty on waivers because if he were to get picked up by another team, we wouldn't get any compensation which we would probably need.
3) Stalock is going to need to get reconditioned in the AHL next season before he comes back to San Jose. If Nitty goes back on injured reserve some time next season, we can call up Stalock to fill in for him and let Nitty walk once his contract is up, if need be.
4) Niemi shouldn't start every game for the rest of the season. I would say at least every third game, a backup should start to give Niemi and breather and a chance to save energy for the playoffs. Last year he played just under 40 games during the regular season with Chicago but played all 22 games during the playoffs and got to the Cup. Right now he is en route to playing much more than that and it might impact his endurance for the playoffs. Nabby had a lot of control over his starts and combined with his age, it was clearly impacting his playoff performance (over the past few years, the goalies that have taken their teams to the Cup have not had as many regular season starts as Nabby did).