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Niemi's Chicago-based agent Bill Zito, who confirmed the filing, and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman continue to discuss various opportunities for long-term and short-term deals.
If Niemi signs a one-year contract, whether it's through arbitration or negotiation, he becomes an unrestricted free agent next year because he'll be 27 years old. Niemi made $827,000 last season.
Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4, with the specific dates to be announced Tuesday.
Twenty players filed for arbitration last summer.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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