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Chicago May Be Losing Their Stanley Cup Goalie

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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Down River Dan's avatar

So, how’s that Summer with the Cup thing going so far Hawk Fans?  cool smile

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/30/10 at 11:19 PM ET


They should write “Florida Marlins” on the Cup and get it over with.

Posted by HNBCTB on 07/31/10 at 01:32 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

They should write “Florida Marlins” on the Cup and get it over with.

Posted by HNBCTB on 07/31/10 at 12:32 AM ET

So are you predicting another win in a few years after the team rebuilds again? LOL

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 07/31/10 at 08:14 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

why don’t they trade Huet?  oh, wait, you mean they gave a $5.6 million contract to a goalie who isn’t worth it, and nobody will take him off their hands?  go figure.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 07/31/10 at 11:13 AM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

huet and crawford will get the job done….  for opposing teams

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 07/31/10 at 12:33 PM ET

Hockey's avatar

Looks like the Chicago Daily-Herald was wrong…. http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/report_antti_niemi_awarded_275m/

for the time being atleast

Posted by Hockey from Huntsville on 07/31/10 at 03:12 PM ET

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