Report: Bruins Close to Signing Greg Campbell, Turn Focus to Blake Wheeler

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July 15, 2010

The Bruins' are close to settling negotiations with center Greg Campbell, who they acquired last month in a trade with the Florida Panthers.

According to a report by boston.com, a source has confirmed that the Bruins and Campbell are on the brink of finalizing a two-year contract that would null his salary arbitration hearing set for next week in Toronto. CSNNE.com also had the report.

Campbell filed for arbitration on July 5, but signing the contract with the Bruins, which is valued between $ 1.1 and 1.3 million, would eliminate the need for a hearing.

With the Campbell arbitration settled, Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli can move forward on settling right-winger Blake Wheeler's arbitration, which was filed on the same day as Campbell's.

Chiarelli would be required to make more roster moves before the start of the 2010-2011 season should the team work out a figure with Wheeler and sign top prospect, Tyler Seguin.  The signing of Campbell likely brings the B's within $500,000 of the NHL salary cap, and Seguin alone would require a $900,000 salary mark. 

Campbell, a center, amassed 85 points (29 goals, 56 assists) in his five seasons with the Panthers.

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