With Friday's announcement that the Bruins have agreed to a salary awarded in arbitration for the first time since Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager, it became official that right wing Blake Wheeler would be back in Boston for the 2010-11 season. The 23-year-old Wheeler told members of the media Friday that it's exactly where he wants to be.

 

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.

 

 

The Bruins' offseason appeared to be full of questions from the very start. 



The wait for Bruins right winger Blake Wheeler is finally over. A source has confirmed to WEEI.com that Wheeler received a $2.2 million award in arbitration Thursday night. The Boston Globe was the first to report the story. 

 

The 23-year-old forward and the Bruins were expected to be made aware of the award by award by noon on Thursday, but the arbiter had her hands full with Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi's hearing and delayed the decision.

 

According to a tweet from St. Louis NHL blogger Andy Strickland, the Bruins are talking to veteran forward Bill Guerin. The tweet notes that the Penguins are interested as well. Guerin played the last season and a half in Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old Massachusetts native played for the Bruins in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

By the time 9 am rolls around Tuesday morning, the Bruins will either be in the process of getting Blake Wheeler at the price they want or starting down a road that could mean the end of the right wing's time in Boston.



The Bruins announced via press release Monday that full season ticket packages for the 2010-11 season are now sold out, an encouraging sign late in an offseason that has been very busy for the Bruins.

 

Though full packages throughout the loge and balcony are no longer available, some packages remain an option for interested fans. Half-season (21 games), 10-game and five-game plans in addition to Premium Club memberships remain available. 

 

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to WEEI.com Monday that Matt Keator, the agent for Bruins right wing Blake Wheeler, is already in Toronto in preparation for his client's arbitration hearing with the team Tuesday. The source added that Wheeler will be flying in sometime Monday. 

 

Should the sides head to arbitration, as is heavily expected at this point, it will be the first such occurrence since 2006, when the Bruins declined David Tanabe's $1.275 million award. 

 

Agent Matt Keator, who represents Bruins winger Blake Wheeler as well as defensemen Mark Stuart and Zdeno Chara, told WEEI.com Friday that the only update with Wheeler is that the "tickets for Toronto [the site of his Tuesday arbitration hearing] are booked." The two sides have not made progress in trying to avoid arbitration. Wheeler is currently on his honeymoon, and one of those in attendance at his wedding would shed little light on the situation. 

According to a report on tsn.ca, the NHL has rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on the grounds that it circumvents the league's salary cap.