Niemi, White among those to file for NHL arbitration
TORONTO — The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks figured prominently in the list of 31 National Hockey League players who filed for salary arbitration on Monday.
Blackhawks goaltending hero Antti Niemi was among the arbitration filers, looking for a substantial raise from the $827,000 US he made last year. He’s likely in line for close to a $3 million raise after replacing No. 1 goalie Cristobal Huet and backstopping the Hawks to their first Stanley Cup title in 49 years.
Others filing included Calgary Flames defenceman Ian White, in line for a raise from his $950,000 US salary thanks to solid numbers last season — an average of 20:42 of ice time and 38 points in 83 games with the Flames and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond, who scored 25 goals and added 28 assists while earning only $760,000 a year ago, can also expect a major boost.
Among the other Canadian teams, filers include Edmonton Oilers forward Gilbert Brule, goaltender Jeff Drouin-DesLauriers and forward Jean-Francois Jacques; Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Campoli and forward Peter Regin; and Canucks forwards Tanner Glass and Jannik Hansen.
The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are expected to determine the hearing dates on Tuesday, with the cases scheduled to be heard July 20-Aug. 5 in Toronto. Players are still eligible to sign or agree to a new deal with their current teams right up until the arbitrator’s ruling. If teams are not satisfied with the contract the arbitrator dictates, they have the right to walk away from the contract, which makes the player an unrestricted free agent.
The 31 NHL players who Monday filed for salary arbitration:
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
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