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Report: Bruins, Campbell close

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Bruins are close to avoiding arbitration in at least one case. Center Gregory Campbell [1], whom the Bruins added last month in the Nathan Horton [2] trade with the Panthers, is inching close to signing a two-year deal, according to the report.

Kevin Paul Dupont writes that the deal is expected to bring Campbell an expected salary of between $1.1 million and $1.3 million, a raise from the $800,000 he earned last season. Should the Bruins give him such a deal, they’ll have nowhere near enough to sign Blake Wheeler [3], whose arbitration hearing is set for July 27, and second overall pick Tyler Seguin [4].

Campbell scored two goals and had 15 assists last season with the Panthers. He had 32 points the season before is considered a solid penalty killer. In parts of six seasons, all with Florida (though he played in just two games in 2003-2004), Campbell has totaled 85 points in 363 games.

Comcast Sportsnet first reported that the center and Bruins were close on a deal. Campbell is the son of NHL [5] disciplinarian Colin Campbell [6], who received a great deal of attention last season for taking no action against Matt Cooke [7] for his March 7 blindside hit to the head of Marc Savard [8].