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Keeping Niemi is Bowman's best call yet

Updated: June 1, 2010, 7:54 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- It was the first day of October, the eve of the NHL regular season for the Chicago Blackhawks in Helsinki, Finland, and GM Stan Bowman was grappling with a tough roster decision.

Antti Niemi or Corey Crawford?

Bowman had to put one on waivers with the purpose of sending the goalie to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford, Ill. Only one of the youngsters could back up Cristobal Huet. Bowman chose to keep Niemi, a decision has turned out to be arguably the ...

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