BOSTON – The Boston Bruins signed forward Blake Wheeler to a one-year contract on Friday.

Wheeler’s agent, Matt Keator, said the deal is worth $2.2 million, the amount of an arbitrator’s award given after a hearing on Tuesday.

“The decision came in the range we expected,” Keator said. “There were no winners or losers in this case.”

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement announcing the deal: “It is never a pleasant experience for either side to go to arbitration. However, as a manager, you know that the player will be under contract for the following year either way.”

In two seasons with Boston, Wheeler has 39 goals and 44 assists in the regular season and one goal and five assists in 21 postseason games.


SABRES: Buffalo agreed to a contract with free-agent forward Dennis McCauley, who spent last season with Worcester of the AHL.

McCauley is likely to play next season for the Portland Pirates, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate.