The Arbitration hearing is over and the decision has been made. It will be interesting to see what happens now, the Chicago Blackhawks have cap issues and not a lot of room to work with.
An arbitrator has set Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi’s salary at $2.75 million, according to a report on ESPN.com
The Hawks now have 48 hours to decide whether they want to walk away and make Niemi an unrestricted free agent immediately, or accept the arbitrator’s decision and sign Niemi at that salary for one season. The Hawks could also accept the decision, sign and then trade the goalie.
Niemi was expected to seek at least $3 million, after making $827,000 last season while leading Chicago to the Stanley Cup title. Because of salary-cap constraints, the Hawks were believed to be seeking a decision in the $2 million range. [TSN.CA]