Blake Wheeler is planning to fly to Toronto tomorrow to attend his arbitration hearing. Matt Keator, Wheeler’s agent, is already in Toronto, indicating that the hearing will take place as scheduled.
“Unless there is a last-minute settlement, we are prepared to go,” Keator wrote in an e-mail. “Talks have been professional, but we agree to disagree on certain points of an agreement.”
There is still a chance an agreement takes place prior to the hearing. GM Peter Chiarelli, who is planning to travel to Toronto this afternoon, said he’ll know tonight whether the hearing will take place.
If the hearing goes forward, it will be Chiarelli’s second arbitration case as Bruins GM. The only other one took place in 2006 when David Tanabe went to arbitration. The Bruins walked away from Tanabe, awarded a $1.275 million deal, following the decision, making the defenseman an unrestricted free agent.