This is good news and I was hoping he would do this instead of seeing what other teams would offer him. He would get more money going this route. I think that because i really believe that these teams would try to push the hawks up to 3 mil without going into the 1st and 3rd round picks compensation area and while that area might be worth it(if they did go into that area) I want a goalie this season, that isn't Huet, and for the future and I think Niemi can be our guy
Niittymäki got 2yrs/4mil from San Jose, I think that might be the best benchmark for Niemi. Antti had a great playoff run, which could enhance his value a bit. I think he'll sign a two-year contract worth 4,5-5 million before arbitration.