One-year award pending for Wheeler

If Blake Wheeler’s arbitration hearing takes place tomorrow as scheduled (puck drop at 9 a.m. in Toronto), his eventual award will be for a one-year contract. According to the collective bargaining agreement, the party against whom an arbitration election was filed will elect whether the award will be for a one- or two-year deal.

Wheeler filed for arbitration, so the Bruins have elected for a one-year contract. If the hearing takes place and the Bruins accept the award, Wheeler will be a restricted free agent after 2010-11.

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