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No progress in Niemi contract talks

Updated: July 21, 2010, 8:25 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- With an arbitration hearing approaching, negotiations between goaltender Antti Niemi and the Chicago Blackhawks remain at a standstill.

The 26-year-old restricted free agent is scheduled to have his 2010-11 salary determined by a third party on July 29. The Hawks can sign Niemi or trade his rights to another team before that date.

Currently, the Hawks have little salary-cap space to afford the raise Niemi is due from his $800,000 salary of last season, when he helped lead ...

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