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

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