More and more RFA's are choosing to sign rather than enter arbitration. Here are the latest notables, via NHL.com:
Matt Moulson, New York Islanders - 30G 18A 48Pts - 1 year, $2.45 million
Gilbert Brule, Edmonton Oilers - 17 G 20A 37Pts - 2 years, $1.85 million per
Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals - 23G 28A 51Pts - 1 year, $2.6 million
But according to the Chicago Tribune, Antti Niemi will be heading to his arbitration hearing tomorrow morning at 8 AM:
With each passing hour and no deal, it's becoming apparent the Hawks and goaltender Antti Niemi will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday for their scheduled salary arbitration hearing Depending on the decision of the arbitrator, the Hawks could be looking for a new netminder when they defend their first Stanley Cup since 1961.
Niemi is likely to be seeking between $3 million and $4 million while the Hawks probably are thinking closer to $2 million.
Apparently, Stan Bowman was available for comment. He's still trying to figure out how to be a General Manager.
I just wanted to post this picture again.
I'm wondering if he's taking such a hard stance about getting rid of Sharp. But in all honesty - who is more important to that franchise? But just what the hell will Chicago do if they let Niemi walk?
They can't afford to pay Niemi between $3-4 million, they simply can't. So then if he walks, does Huet become the #1 guys (again)? That would make me happy.
I guess we'll have to wait and see.