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Niemi headlines list of 31 players who file for arbitration; Halak likely to join soon

One of the NHL’s goaltending heroes is headed for arbitration and another may find himself on the same route Tuesday.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi was one of 31 players who filed for arbitration Monday and will likely be joined by St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak Tuesday when the Blues will have the opportunity to take Halak to arbitration.

Both are restricted free agents and arbitration, while sometimes a nasty and confrontational process, guarantees they will be under contract next season. Players can elect to go to arbitration and if they don’t, the team can elect to take a player to arbitration.

Niemi is not the only high-profile player who will go to arbitration this summer, nor is he the only Stanley Cup champion. Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd, who won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, also filed.

Calgary Flames defenseman Ian White, New York Islanders winger Matt Moulson, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, Philadelphia Flyers winger Dan Carcillo, Vancouver Canucks winger Mason Raymond, and wingers Eric Fehr and Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman Jeff Schultz, all of the Washington Capitals, also filed.

Arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4. Both sides can continue negotiating until the hearing and even until the arbitration award is announced and it’s expected that only a handful of cases will actually end up being heard.

Below is the full list of players who elected for arbitration:

Anaheim Ducks

James Wisniewski

Atlanta Thrashers

Ben Eager

Andrew Ladd

Clarke MacArthur

Boston Bruins

Greg Campbell

Blake Wheeler

Buffalo Sabres

Tim Kennedy

Calgary Flames

Ian White

Chicago Blackhawks

Antti Niemi

Columbus Blue Jackets

Jared Boll

Anton Stralman

Dallas Stars

Fabian Brunnstrom

Detroit Red Wings

Derek Meech

Edmonton Oilers

Gilbert Brule

Jeff Drouin-DesLauriers

Jean-Francois Jacques

Los Angeles Kings

Brad Richardson

New Jersey Devils

Mark Fraser

New York Islanders

Matt Moulson

New York Rangers

Daniel Girardi

Ottawa Senators

Chris Campoli

Peter Regin

Philadelphia Flyers

Daniel Carcillo

St. Louis Blues

Cam Janssen

Tampa Bay Lightning

Nate Thompson

Vancouver Canucks

Tanner Glass

Jannik Hansen

Mason Raymond

Washington Capitals

Eric Fehr

Tomas Fleischmann

Jeff Schultz

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