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Source: Antti Niemi heading to Sharks

Updated: September 1, 2010, 6:37 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi has decided to accept a one-year, $2 million deal with the San Jose Sharks, according to a league source.

After helping lead the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup title in 49 years, Niemi and Chicago went to salary arbitration. The Blackhawks submitted an offer of $1.5 million, but the arbitrator awarded Niemi $2.75 million.

That was too much for the salary cap-strained Blackhawks, who cut ties with Niemi and signed ...

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