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07-31-2010, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tyear8299 View Post
Now that the Hawks know the arbitration ruling, can they go to Niemi and say they will walk away with the mutual agreement to a different contract (lower cap hit, but more money upfront)? For example, say they offer him a 3 year contract with a $2.5M cap hit ($3.25M, $2.5M, $1.75M).

Something like this would be beneficial for both the Hawks and Niemi. Suppose he has a bad year and loses the starting job. He won't be seeing a contract in the $2M range anytime soon.
No. The choice for the Hawks is to sign the contract as awarded or walk away.

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