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Wheeler Gets $2.2M In Arbitration

via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Blake Wheeler has been awarded a one-year, $2.2 million arbitration award. The decision was made today following Wheeler’s arbitration hearing on Tuesday in Toronto.

Wheeler has yet to sign a contract for the award, but that is considered a formality.

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Ryder May Be The Odd Man Out In Boston

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

Michael Ryder, come on down— you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Wrong.
While the Bruins still await the decision from Blake Wheeler’s Tuesday arbitration hearing—which will determine the full extent of their salary cap issues—it is clear that general manager Peter Chiarelli will have to find a way to move out some salary at some point….

So what will become of Ryder? Wheeler’s arbitration decision will open a new window for a buyout, though Chiarelli repeatedly has denied any interest in going that route this summer.

“I know everyone is talking about buying out Ryder,” Chiarelli said back in June. “He had a frustrating year. The year before, what did he score the year before? So I’m not going to buy out him, and nobody else. We need wingers, and we need wingers that can score, and historically, he has done that.”

Chiarelli might reconsider the option now that he’s so tight against the cap, but a buyout would be problematic for several reasons.

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Wheeler Headed To Arbitration

from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,

The Bruins and restricted free agent Blake Wheeler have apparently reached an impasse in contract negotiations and it appears that the matter will have to be solved in the winger’s scheduled arbitration hearing tomorrow in Toronto.

Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator, e-mailing from Toronto on Monday morning, told ESPNBoston.com that Wheeler will be meeting him there later in the day to prepare for a hearing.

“I am in Toronto and Blake is flying in today,” Keator said. “I am anticipating arbitration tomorrow.”

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Do remember, teams will be waiting to see how some of the arbitrations go. Teams may just walk away, allowing the player to become an unrestricted free agent. 

So if you are expecting some trades this week they may not happen.  I feel teams will still be quiet until the arbitration hearings are completed.

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Judging Peter Chiarelli

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Hockey Journal,

Now it’s time to judge Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins. Just over four years since taking over the failed hockey product on Causeway Street, Chiarelli—who turns 46 next month—just returned home from California with the latest boatload of future promise inherent in the NHL’s annual draft.

Depending on how you count, it was Chiarelli’s fourth of fifth draft since being named Boston’s GM. Technically, he had yet to assume the corner office for the June 2006 draft, which is the same draft that had the Bruins selecting Phil Kessel (No. 5 overall), Milan Lucic (No. 50) and making the Andrew Raycroft-for-Tuukka Rask swap with the Leafs.

If you don’t believe Chiarelli’s fingerprints were all over those June ‘06 moves, then don’t waste any of your time watching the wildly-popular CSI shows ... it’s just not your cup of prima facie evidence.

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The Difference Between Might & Could For The Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Unlike that open wound that spewed fossilized BP bile into the Gulf of Mexico, the Bruins don’t have to come up today or tomorrow with a remedy for their salary cap woes. They have all of this month, next month, all of September, perhaps even well into November, to make a full roster “cap compliant,’’ and late last week general manager Peter Chiarelli said he expects both Tim Thomas and Marc Savard (a combined $9.08 million cap figure) to be sporting the spoked-B opening night in Prague.

Now, what might happen if Chiarelli could move either of these aged, pricey vets? That’s a whole different bucket of pucks. For now, though, might and could are the equal of fat and chance.

Let’s be real here, folks. Some two months after the club’s spectacular self-immolation in the playoffs, with the amateur draft now history and the July 1 patina worn off free agency, both Thomas and Savard are still under the employ of the spoked-B. Between them, they’re holding guaranteed deals that total 10 years and $43 million in cap obligations.

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Bruins Have Work To Do

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

... there’s still work to be done before the puck drops in Prague Oct. 9. Based on conversations with principal players, here’s how this observer sees things unfolding prior to the start of the 2010-11 season:

1. Trade Marc Savard. Sure, there might still be questions about Savard’s character, concussion history, and offensive-centered game. But Savard (left) remains on the block for two major reasons: The Bruins believe David Krejci can be a No. 1 pivot, and that Seguin can start 2010-11 as a third-line center. When the Bruins were negotiating with Savard last year, they never believed the first-round pick Toronto surrendered in the Phil Kessel trade would be a top-two selection. Savard remains attractive — several teams continue to kick the tires — because of his cap-friendly number ($4.007 million per season) and his projected production. Because of the full no-trade clause that activated July 1, Savard has the upper hand in dictating his destination (his three children live in Peterborough, Ontario). But the Bruins could widen the scope by taking a drastic route: threatening to place Savard on waivers, thereby giving 29 teams, starting with Edmonton, a crack at claiming the center and rendering his no-trade irrelevant.

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Bruins Not Making Any Moves Right Now

via Danny Picard of NECN,

The Bruins officially announced the re-signing of 26-year-old defenseman Mark Stuart today, and general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media at Ristuccia Arena, saying the one-year deal given to Stuart could be extended after further evaluation next season.

“I look at it as a bridge contract to something more,” said Chiarelli. “He’s [an unrestricted free agent] next year, so we’ll evaluate during the year and we may extend him during the year.”

As for what the Bruins will do next, with limited cap room and restricted free agents Blake Wheeler and Gregory Campbell still unsigned, Chiarelli said that as of right now, he’s not making any moves.

“Right now we’re standing pat,” he said. “You look out here, there might be a few guys that are going to challenge [for a spot on the B’s roster]. I like our prospect depth. Right now I’m standing pat. That may change, but right now I’m standing pat.”

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Savard May Come Cheap

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.

First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.

This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.

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Now That The Draft Is Over

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few random thoughts from Day 2 of the sleepiest NHL entry drafts of all time:

Short term, you’d have to concede that the Boston Bruins are the most improved team since the end of the season, given that they landed arguably the best or second-best prospect in the draft - Tyler Seguin - Friday night; and added a potential point-per-game player in Nathan Horton earlier in the week….

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

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Boychuk Re-Signs With Bruins for two years

According to various sources, the Bruins have re-signed Johnny Boychuk with a two-year, $3.75 million deal.  He’ll receive $1.75 million next season and $2 million in 2011-2012.

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