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05-25-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Rexy View Post
it's funny, that was the year he beat Niemi for the starting job in Chicago and got sent down anyway because it was less of a cap hit. Pending on when you saw him, if that's on your mind it can kill you (he had been rotting in the minors for what, 5 years? every year being told that next year was his chance)
Crawford and Niemi pretty much played to a deadbeat that year. I never heard anyone claim Crawford outplayed him that pre-season...until several have said this the past several weeks for some reason,

It was thought Niemi was kept on initially because of the game in Finland (remember the Hawks opened in Europe), in which he threw a shutout and solidified his position as Huet's backup. Also the Hawks risked losing Niemi if they sent him down, where Crawford they did not.

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