Chicago Blackhawks Goalie Issue: A Reality Check

July 22nd, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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There has been a great deal of discussion all over the Internet about the salary cap issues facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the wake of their Stanley Cup victory.

So far, a handful of popular players from the championship team that celebrated with a parade in front of an estimated two million people in the streets of Chicago are already gone.

Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and Colin Fraser are just a few of the names that will be in new places (mostly Atlanta) this fall.

One name that remains "to be determined" is rookie netminder Antti Niemi, who was good enough to be between the pipes when Patrick Kane scored the Cup-clinching goal in overtime in Philadelphia.

Read that last statement again. Niemi was "good enough."

His .912 postseason save percentage tied Carey Price for 19th in the NHL this spring. In eight of 22 postseason games, Niemi allowed at least four goals.

Was Niemi special on occasion? Absolutely. In a handful of key situations, Niemi was personally responsible for the Blackhawks being in a game.

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