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by Paul on 07/30/10 at 11:51 PM ET
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It doesn’t look good as far as the Blackhawks keeping goalie Antti Niemi.
Niemi’s arbitration award will be announced today and multiple sources believe the number will end up well past $3 million, perhaps close to $4 million, which the Hawks couldn’t fit under the salary cap the way the roster stands today.
“I think he’s gone,” one of Niemi’s Hawks teammates said Friday before the start of the team’s third annual convention at the Hilton Chicago.
Another NHL source wondered how the arbitrator couldn’t see to award Niemi the $4 million he is believed to have sought when the Hawks are paying their other goalie, Cristobal Huet, the one that didn’t win the Stanley Cup, a salary of $5.6 million.
“I don’t see how this works out in the Hawks’ favor,” the source said.
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