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Report- Antti Niemi Awarded $2.75M

via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,

According to multiple reports Saturday, an arbitrator has awarded Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi $2.75 million for next season.

That figure appears low enough that the Hawks could work under the NHL’s salary cap to retain the netminder or there is still a possibility general manager Stan Bowman could trade him.

The Hawks have 48 hours to decide whether to accept the award or walk away from it, allowing Niemi to become a free agent. They could also accept the award and then trade Niemi and sign a veteran free agent at a lower salary.

It’s believed Niemi asked for more than $3 million for the one-year contract during Thursday’s arbitration hearing in Toronto and that the Hawks were seeking a deal of around $2 million.

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Hockey's avatar

Wow, 2.75 mil is a cheap price to pay for such a great goaltender. They better make the most of this season!

Posted by Hockey from Huntsville on 07/31/10 at 04:09 PM ET

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Seems like they’ll keep him but if the rumors of Turco at 1.5mil were true maybe they’ll do that. If they keep him someone still has to be going, including Huet.

Posted by tmoore4075 on 07/31/10 at 04:30 PM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Such a great goaltender? 

2.7 is a bit much to pay for such an average starter…

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 07/31/10 at 04:43 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

So if they keep Niemi they can average 800,000K per player to make roster minimum.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/31/10 at 06:02 PM ET

pensfan29's avatar

So if they keep Niemi they can average 800,000K per player to make roster minimum.

Posted by ChrisinA^2 from the University of Michigan on 07/31/10 at 04:02 PM ET

It could work. Haha

Posted by pensfan29 on 07/31/10 at 06:41 PM ET

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