After being awarded a one-year, $2.2 million contract via arbitration, the Boston Bruins accepted the deal and locked in forward Blake Wheeler for the 2010-11 season.
Wheeler, 23, collected 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points in 82 games with the Bruins last season.
"It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration," said Bruins GM 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."
Wheeler is a veteran of 163 NHL regular season games and has compiled 39 goals, 44 assists for 83 points and 99 penalty minutes in those contests.
The native of Robbinsdale, Minnesota was originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round (5th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Wheeler signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2008.
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