Arbitrating News: Chicago Blackhawks, Antti Niemi Ruling Announced

July 31st, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »

While the story continues to develop, the NHL arbitrator recently awarded Antti Niemi and his agent Bill Zito the amount of $2,750,000.

A night after many Chicago Blackhawks contingent announced a one-year, $1.5 million contract for Marty Turco, pending the ruling of this decision, it is a look into what direction the Blackhawks may go.

Now that the ruling has been made, the Blackhawks have a few options.

The first, and most obvious, is sign the Stanely Cup net-minder and figure out a way to make him fit.  Many have mentioned names as Tomas Kopecky who could allow for more room, but nothing has really developed.

Then there is Patrick Sharp.

Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman has announced that Sharp is going nowhere.  With the Blackhawks being extremely thin at center, it really leaves little option.

The option of a sign and trade or outright release could be likely.

Should the Blackhawks choose to accept the arbitrator, it will most likely be to obtain the rights to trade Niemi.

While this may work in the Hawks best interest, there are teams asking about acqu ...

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