Bleeding Blue and White: Signing Blake Wheeler and Keeping Tomas Kaberle

July 27th, 2010 by Cale Loney Leave a reply »
As you may already know, the Boston Bruins had a salary arbitration meeting with Blake Wheeler on Tuesday. Wheeler's agent said that the meeting was professional, essentially stating that it wasn't very contentious.

What is a matter of contention is how the Boston Bruins are going to respond to Wheeler's award.

According to, the Boston Bruins have just over $12,000 left for two to three players to fill out their roster. Recognizing that Marco Sturm is going to miss the first month and a half of the season due to ACL rehabilitation, the Bruins are still in deep cap trouble.

Sturm has a cap hit of $3.5 million. Assuming he is put on LTIR and misses the first two months of the season, Sturm will still take up $2.5 million.

Add the signing of Tyler Seguin, which will have a cap hit of about $3.75 million (see Taylor Hall), and the Bruins are in trouble.

With recent arbitration dealings such as Clarke MacArthur receiving $2.4 million and the signing of Mason Raymond for $2.5 million a year, it stands to reason that Wheeler will get anywhere from $2.4-2.7 million a year.

That is $2.7 million the Boston Br ...

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