The NHLPA reported on its Twitter account Thursday night that forward Blake Wheeler was awarded a one-year, $2.2 million deal in arbitration. Wheeler and the Bruins went through a three-hour hearing in Toronto on Tuesday.
Wheeler, 23, appeared in all 82 regular-season games for the Bruins last season and had 18 goals and 20 assists. He also went 1-5-6 in 13 playoff contests.
Now that the case has been settled, the Bruins have 48 hours to accept the deal or walk away. Should they choose the latter, Wheeler would become an unrestricted free agent.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
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