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Arbitration list topped by Chicago's Niemi @NHL

TORONTO - Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi heads the list of 31 players headed to salary arbitration, the NHL Players' Association said Monday night.

Niemi - who helped Chicago to its first Stanley Cup since 1961 - will be looking for a raise from the $827,000 he made in 2009-10.

The Oilers, Canucks, Thrashers and Capitals top the list of teams heading to arbitration with three players each.

Washington forwards Eric Fehr and Tomas Fleischmann also filed, as did defenseman Jeff Schultz. Atlanta forwards Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Clarke MacArthur also elected to go to arbitration.

Center Gilbert Brule, goaltender Jeff Drouin-DesLauriers and defenseman Jean-Francois Jacques filed from the Oilers, as did Vancouver forwards Tanner Glass, Jannik Hansen and Mason Raymond.

Other notable players filing were Ottawa defenseman Chris Campoli and forward Peter Regin, Calgary defenseman Ian White, Philadelphia forward Daniel Carcillo and Boston forward Blake Wheeler.

Twenty players filed for arbitration last summer.

Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4, with the specific dates to be announced Tuesday.

Here's the complete list:

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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