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The Niemi Award: Tough choice for Blackhawks

Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi was awarded $2.75 million in arbitration today, a huge raise from the $827,000 he made last season in leading the Hawks to the Stanley Cup. But with their huge salary cap problems, the Hawks have a big decision to make over the next 48 hours. ESPNChicago.com thinks GM Stan Bowman can find a way to keep Niemi even with the Hawks' cap problems but it will be tough.

A walkaway or a sign and trade are certainly possible, especially with veteran goalies like Marty Turco and Jose Theodore still available. What would you do?

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