Now that Antti Niemi is an unrestricted free agent, many teams have the chance to add a quality goaltender to their roster.
Coming off a season with a 2.25 goals against average, a 9.12 save percentage, and a Stanley Cup, Niemi has potential to be a vital piece in many GMs' offseason plans.
While many Chicago fans spurn Niemi for being greedy, remember that Niemi did not sign Cristobal Huet for $5 million-plus a year. Niemi is being greedy by going to arbitration; if the Hawks waived Huet, they could have easily kept Niemi.
So who is greedier: the player who is seeking compensation for his efforts that helped win the franchise a Stanley Cup, or the team who won't pay an extra million for the goalie that helped get them there?
(Note: According to capgeek.com, Huet is on the non-active roster for Chicago, so it appears they may waive/get rid of Huet anyway.)
Speaking of greedy, let us take a look into what goaltenders may be left scrambling to keep the crease to themselves this season.