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Hunwick files for arbitration

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 5, 2009 08:25 PM

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Matt Hunwick has filed for arbitration, although negotiations continue with the Bruins. (Justine Hunt/Globe Staff)

As expected, Matt Hunwick filed for arbitration by today's 5 p.m. deadline. Hunwick was one of 20 restricted free agents to file for arbitration. Hunwick is expected to come to an agreement prior to his hearing.

"Still negotiating with B's," agent Peter Fish wrote in an e-mail to colleague Kevin Dupont. "It will work out."

Last season, Dennis Wideman was the only Bruin to file for arbitration. Wideman agreed to an extension prior to his hearing.

Hearings will take place in Toronto from July 20 to Aug. 4. Players who have filed for arbitration are not eligible to sign offer sheets. The deadline for club-elected arbitration is tomorrow at 5 p.m.

The other players to file:

James Wisniewski
Colby Armstrong
Clarke MacArthur
Tuomo Ruutu
Aaron Johnson
Marc Methot
Jiri Hudler
Denis Grebeshkov
Kyle Brodziak
Tomas Plekanec
Travis Zajac
Nate Thompson
Ryan Callahan
Nikolai Zherdev
Nigel Dawes
Daniel Winnik
Matt Smaby
Kyle Wellwood
Milan Jurcina

ANALYSIS: No surprise that Hunwick filed for arbitration. But it will be a big surprise if the sides don't agree to an extension before his hearing. They are not far apart.

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