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Blackhawks May Be Faced With A Tough Decision

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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Matt Saler's avatar

What decision?! They cannot afford him any way you slice it. Unless they can somehow dump some serious salary.

Posted by Matt Saler from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/09/10 at 10:10 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This is hilarious.

EVERYONE saw this coming for the Hawks, and yet many Hawk fans insisted there was no problem and everyone would be kept on.  Trade after trade later, and with other guys signing away, and Niemi still needing to go into arbitration and probably get awarded the high number… it all looks pretty bleak for the Hawks.

The Hawks really were a glass house.

Posted by Primis on 07/10/10 at 02:16 PM ET

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