The Boston Bruins made it official this morning by accepting the arbitrator’s ruling and inking 23-year-old Blake Wheeler to a one-year, $2.2 million deal for the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season.
“It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration,” said Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “However, as a manager, you know that the player will be under contract for the following year either way. We talked to Blake before and after the hearing and we are satisfied to have a good, young player under contract
for another year.”
With the signing, we now know the Bruins have surpassed the NHL-set $59.4 million salary cap limit for the season. Fortunately the Bruins still have until Oct. 9 (opening night in Prague) to make that number.
There will be a conference call in the next hour to media. More later.