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Bruins sign Wheeler

07.30.10 at 10:21 am ET
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After having to wait extra long to find out what his 2010-2011 salary would be Thursday, Bruins right wing Blake Wheeler‘s $2.2 award was agreed to Friday morning by the Bruins.

“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 talked to Blake before and after the hearing and we are satisfied to have a good, young player under contract for another year.”

In Wheeler the Bruins retain a young forward who has averaged just under 20 goals in his first two NHL seasons. The 6-foot-3 winger scored 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points last season.

The team likely will now its attention to inking rookie center Tyler Seguin, the second overall pick in June’s NHL draft.

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