June 19, 2008 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Wheeler Wooed by Bruins

CHN Staff Report

Blake Wheeler, who left Minnesota after three seasons to become a free agent, is ready to sign with the Boston Bruins, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Wheeler, who was drafted four years ago as the No. 5 pick overall by Phoenix, left school to force Phoenix's hand. But the Coyotes couldn't sign him, leaving Wheeler to become a free agent.

He cannot officially sign with another team until July 1.

His agent told the Globe that 20 NHL teams were interested, but that Wheeler chose the Bruins because of how they have developed other young players in recent years.

"Anytime you can get a young player of Blake's caliber with that blend of size and skill, you are very fortunate," said Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli to the Globe.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, Wheeler, 21, must sign a two-year deal at no more than a guaranteed $875,000 per season.

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