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 arbitration award was agreed to Friday morning by the Bruins.
“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.”
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. For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/bruins .