Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/06/10 at 02:13 PM ET
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
The fact that Niemi is among 31 NHLers filing for salary arbitration does prompt the question of how differently his agent, Bill Zito, and the Hawks view the gap between Niemi, a Stanley Cup-winning hero, and Niemi, that guy who has yet to be asked to play a full season in the NHL.
In a perfect world without salary comparisons and so on to drive figures, Niemi deserves somewhere around 3 million a year. How about 4 years, $12 million?
Sounds about right without crunching all the numbers and such that Zito is paid handsomely to do on behalf of his client.
How about 4 years, $16-$20 million, which could be closer to where Zito wants a deal done. He may be asking for 6 to 8 years for all I know. Sounds excessive.
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