Chicago Blackhawks, Antti Niemi Coming To a Head

July 28th, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »

As a Blackhawks fan, July 29th has been noted in my Android since we learned of the arbitration date.

As many know, an arbitrator will decide on a ruling regarding the showdown between the two parties.

Many have been waiting in hopes to see the situation being resolved beforehand, but unfortunately those hopes have been extinguished...well to a mere flicker.

Now with the arbitration 24 hours away, both sides have now seen the arguments of the opposition. Accordingly, the Blackhawks' front office has been seeking right around $2 million, while Bill Zito has been waiting for an offer in the $3 to $4 million dollar range.

While arguments will be made by both sides, in the end it will be decided by an arbitrator that isn't necessarily familiar with hockey at all.

What can be looked at is the fact that players in similar situations will be making between $1.9 million to $3.8 million.

Who, you may ask?

Pekka Rinne, $2.8 million...another Finnish net-minder had a fabulous rookie season with the Nashville Predators. It was a surprise to most as he was brought up to supplant Dan Ellis. This past ...

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