Letting Antti Niemi walk was wise
The Blackhawks let a young goalie with a Cup go, but the logic was sound
The Hawks had every chance to keep Niemi, but they would've had to sacrifice other players -- most notably Niklas Hjalmarsson or Patrick Sharp. And given the traditional importance of goaltending, it seems wrong to pass on Niemi at a very reasonable $2.75 million.
However, a deeper look at the Hawks' situation shows that it was the right move.
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