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Five homes for Antti Niemi

Out in Chicago, the Cup winner could logically land with two Cup contenders

Updated: August 3, 2010, 1:39 PM ET
By Tom Awad | Puck Prospectus
Getty ImagesNiemi's got a Cup, so he should garner some interest from the market.

Antti Niemi is now on the open market, leading to the inevitable question: Where will a 26-year-old goalie with a Cup win on his résumé land?

There are five logical projections (some more logical than others), beginning with a team that's been trying for a few years to get over the hump. Could Niemi make a difference?

In evaluating his possible landing spots, we looked at teams' salary cap situations to make sure they could afford him and also our VUKOTA projection system to see if he'd be an improvement over the incumbent keepers. At Puck Prospectus, we often evaluate players based on our GVT metric; you can get a better understanding of that here and here before you go deeper with these team possibilities.


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