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Niemi said no!!!

With Antti Niemi scheduled for an arbitration hearing and the Blackhawks still in dire cap straits, I was contemplating the possibility of Niemi coming to join the Flyers. If Chicago recieves an unfavorable ruling from the arbitrator, then I could easily see them walking away from the settlement and letting Antti walk, making him an UFA. Considering the rather weak market for Goaltenders and the lack of teams looking for an unpgrade in net, let alone signing a full-blown starter, Niemi could be had at a very pallatable price. The cap space is there as long as a few expected demotions/waiver placements are made with players like Riley Cote, one of the extra defenseman, (most likely Matt Walker or Oskars Bartulis) and Brian Boucher, who's role would be filled by the signing of NIemi. I personally think this is a fantastic idea if it does come to fruition, which is no sure thing. Niemi won the Stanley Cup last season which shows he has what it takes to step up in the Playoffs, and he would also be the best Netminder on the market. He's not Ryan Miller or Roberto Luongo, but he's steady based on what I have seen, and he's a  upgrade over Leighton, which with the defense the Flyers now posess, is all they really need. 


What does everyone else think, were he to reach the open market, should the Flyers attempt to sign Antti NIemi?

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