Campbell could be in the fold

Campbell

More often than not since Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager, the Bruins have avoided arbitration with eligible players.

It appears that trend is close to continuing.

A deal first reported by CSNNE.com appears close between the Bruins and center Gregory Campbell, whose hearing is scheduled for July 22. Boston.com has since followed up the CSNNE.com report to say the deal if probably for two years at an average of around $1.2 million.

While I do not doubt the accuracy of the Boston.com report, it’s a little hard to fathom that a guy who made $800,000 for Florida last season and posted jut 17 points in 60 games could be worth that much of a raise. Should Campbell get a six-figure salary, the Bruins would have 18 players making at least $1.075 (Daniel Paille at the lowest end) and just one (Shawn Thornton) making less than a million.

It’s hard to believe that if Boston gets this deal done for a salary in that range that Chiarelli doesn’t have some sort of deal in place to clear some major cap room. The Bruins will also have a second buyout period at their disposal once a settlement is reached or a decision is made at hearing.

Blake Wheeler’s arbitration hearing is set for July 27.

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