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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Report: Niemi awarded $2.75 million

By Mark Stepneski

Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com is reporting that the arbitrator in the Antti Niemi case has awarded the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender a one-year contract worth $2.75 million.

It's an interesting decision. A lot of people thought Jaroslav Halak was a comparable in this case and they turned out to be right. That $2.75 million is the exact amount Halak will be paid in the first year of his four-year, $15 million deal with the St. Louis Blues.

The Blackhawks now have 48 hours to decide whether they are going to accept the Niemi offer or walk away from it. There's also the option of trying to trade him.

What ever happens here should get things moving in the goaltender market and help determine where former Stars goaltender Marty Turco ends up. Stay tuned.