Letting Antti Niemi walk was smart 

August, 5, 2010

Today's winners in Statistics & Analytics:

The Chicago Blackhawks, Jonas Hiller, Henrik Lundqvist

Today's losers:

Goalies' agents, John Grahame, Antti Niemi

With Ilya Kovalchuk's contract still in limbo, I want to look at another move that has NHL fans buzzing across the blogosphere: The Blackhawks' decision to let Antti Niemi go and sign Marty Turco in his place.

Peter Keating | email

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.