Reuters - Fri, 30 Jul 20:34:00 2010
Boston Bruins forward Blake Wheeler, one of two players to appear in all the team's games last season, has signed a one-year contract after an arbitrator's award.
Financial terms of the deal for the former first-round draft pick were not disclosed but local media reported Wheeler would be paid $2.2 million.
"It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration," Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, said.
"However, as a manager, you know that the player will be under contract for the following year either way ... we are satisfied to have a good, young player under contract."
The 23-year-old Wheeler, drafted fifth overall by Phoenix in 2004, had 18 goals and 20 assists in 82 games for Boston last season. His two-year, entry-level contract had a base salary of $875,000.