The Blackhawks have matched the 4-year, $14 million offer sheet that the Sharks offered to Ham Sandwich on Friday afternoon. So he’s locked in as most have predicted. The Niemi arbitration hearings are scheduled for July 29th. The Hawks could be in wait and see mode until then with their other restricted free agents.
Marty Reasoner’s odds to open the season with the Hawks have lowered significantly. Please hold back all tears.