Niemi's salary set at $2.75M

Updated: August 1, 2010, 9:06 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- An arbitrator set Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi's salary at $2.75 million on Saturday.

The Stanley Cup champion Hawks have a 48-hour window to make a decision. They can walk away and make Niemi an unrestricted free agent immediately, or accept the decision and sign Niemi at that salary for one season. The Hawks could also accept the decision, sign and then trade Niemi.

The Hawks offered the arbitrator $1.5 million and the Niemi camp came in at $4 million, ...

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