Arbitration date set for Niemi, Chicago

Updated: July 12, 2010, 4:14 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi's 2010-11 salary will be decided on July 29 by an arbitrator unless the team and Niemi can come to an agreement.

Niemi made $827,000 last season and is slated for a raise after helping the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years.

The team and Niemi have not been actively discussing a contract recently, according to a person familiar with the situation, making the date with an arbitrator more and more likely.

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