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What Happens If Niemi Is Awarded A High Dollar Award?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Within 48 hours, an arbitrator, who heard evidence from the Blackhawks and netminder Antti Niemi’s agent Thursday morning, will deliver a decision on just how much a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender is worth.

If the arbitrator decides Niemi’s worth much more than $3 million a year, Bowman may have no choice but to walk away from the decision, making Niemi an unrestricted free agent shortly before his 27th birthday.

The Blackhawks, already over the salary cap and facing a huge salary crunch before the start of training camp, will have 48 hours after the arbitrator’s decision to make up their minds.

There are rumors the ‘Hawks will accept the decision and then try and trade Niemi so they don’t end up losing a top asset without getting anything back in return. But the marketplace for goaltenders is soft to begin with, and any team dealing with the Blackhawks, let’s say Philadelphia or San Jose or Washington, all Cup contending teams that could use goaltending depth, will know they’ve got the team over a barrel and will be offering little in return.

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The Blackhawks cannot trade Niemi for one year if they accept an arbitration award.

Posted by PRStoetzer on 07/29/10 at 05:58 PM ET

Paul's avatar

PR knows his hockey.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/29/10 at 06:00 PM ET

yzer19man's avatar

Wow…how the mighty have fallen…Somewhere, Dale Tallon is laughing right now

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 07/29/10 at 06:36 PM ET

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I laugh hard at my stomach if the arbitrator comes up with a big #.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 07/29/10 at 06:41 PM ET

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Going off the Capgeek roster, 3.7217 million is the magic number.  Any more than that and the Hawks can’t keep Niemi and have a 20 player roster without dumping more salary (after sending Huet to Europe).

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/29/10 at 07:17 PM ET

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Well, u 2 Detroit fans are really ignorant to hockey. U of all people should know it doesn’t take a star goalie win the cup. Niemi isn’t a great goalie he was good enough and he’s not worth more than 2.5 mil. We have a great def team in front of him. Niemi made the stops he was supposed to make. And Tallon isn’t laughing. He still loves this team. Hardly anyone heard of Buff or Versteeg 2 yrs ago or Niemi 1 yr ago. We still have our top 2 lines our top 4 d and we’ll get a good enough galie. Look at osgood. He’s not great he just played on great TEAMS!! And PR you CAN trade a player after Hawks did it to Calder in 2005

Posted by Proby24 on 07/29/10 at 07:26 PM ET

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We still have our top 2 lines our top 4 d and we’ll get a good enough galie.

Yeah, but your third line isn’t going to have guys like Patrick Sharp on it anymore.

Don’t try to think of what happens if the Blackhawks catch the injury bug this year.  Depth wins championships.  The Hawks are going to be a good team, but this will severely limit their margin for error, a margin they had to rely too heavily upon when defeating the Predators in six games in the first round of the playoffs and again when facing off against the Flyers in the finals.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/29/10 at 07:47 PM ET

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Well, u 2 Detroit fans are really ignorant to hockey. U of all people should know it doesn’t take a star goalie win the cup.

Posted by Proby24 on 07/29/10 at 05:26 PM ET

And “U” know that the Hawks are screwed, and have already been half-dismantled.

Have fun with that.

Posted by Primis on 07/29/10 at 09:14 PM ET

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If Chicago is forced to trade him they’d be smart to ask Was for Varlamov or Neuvirth

Posted by eric in baltimore from baltimore on 07/29/10 at 10:03 PM ET

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@Paul

Actually, I don’t. The trade restriction is only after a team matches an offer sheet to an RFA. Chicago can accept the award and then trade him.

Posted by PRStoetzer on 07/29/10 at 10:53 PM ET

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Well PR, let’s just say the vast majority of the time.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/29/10 at 10:58 PM ET

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We still have our top 2 lines our top 4 d and we’ll get a good enough galie.
- Proby24

Yes, the Hawk’s top lines will be able to play with just about anyone.  The bottom d pairing and checking lines are going to be a black hole of minimum salary NHL journeymen and AHL veterans.  Knock Ozzie all you want, Ozzie plays big in the playoffs.  The only ‘galies’ left on the market are perennial chokers like Turco and Threeorfour or sieves like Toskala, so have fun with that.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/29/10 at 11:11 PM ET

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Well, u 2 Detroit fans are really ignorant to hockey.

The irony of someone who writes like this calling someone else “ignorant” is just hilarious.

So, Paul, can you please add a filter to the new version of KK that will weed out the grammatically challenged? I’m sure everyone, including your sister the English teacher, would be very appreciative. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/30/10 at 01:38 AM ET

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