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by Paul on 07/09/10 at 09:28 PM ET
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,
The Blackhawks’ salary cap difficulties took another hit Friday, as the San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year, $14 million offer sheet.
The Hawks have seven days to match the offer of $3.5 million per season but with negotiations continuing with fellow restricted free agent goaltender Antti Niemi, the team may have to choose between two players who helped them capture their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
“It always comes as a surprise when you get an offer like that, especially from a team such as San Jose,” said Kevin Epp, Hjlamarsson’s agent. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m sure we’ll still talk to Chicago. They do have seven days to match. At this point we haven’t spoken with them in regards to the offer sheet.”
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