Bruins forward Wheeler signs US$2.2-million, one-year deal after hearing

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins signed forward Blake Wheeler to a one-year contract on Friday.

His agent Matt Keator said the deal is worth US$2.2 million, the amount of an arbitrator’s award given after a hearing on Tuesday.

“The decision came in the range we expected,” Keator said. “There were no winners or losers in this case.”

In two seasons with Boston, Wheeler has 39 goals and 44 assists in the regular season but just one goal and five assists in 21 post-season games.

“It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. “However, as a manager, you know that the player will be under contract for the following year either way.”

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Wheeler was one of two players to participate in all 82 regular-season games for the Bruins last season and finished with 18 goals and 20 assists.

Wheeler said he was “anxious” going into the hearing.

“It was handled extremely professionally,” he said. “I was really happy to be through with that part of the process.”