Report: Niemi's Price Tag Set at $2.75 Million in Arbitration

Could this man be the face of the Chicago Blackhawks goaltending situation next season?

Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Niemi was expected to seek at least $3 million, after making $827,000 last season as he led the Hawks to the Stanley Cup title. Because of salary-cap constraints, the Hawks were believed to be seeking a decision in the $2 million range.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has talked to other teams about "different options," in case the Hawks don't re-sign Niemi.

And according to Matthew Dirt at Second City Hockey, the cap and financial issues that are plaguing the Hawks might make this too bitter of a pill for them to swallow, relegating them to Plan B. A plan that may very well include a cheaper option like Marty Turco.

Chicago will have 48 hours to decide if they want to accept the arbiter's decision or walk away, leaving Niemi an unrestricted free agent.

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