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10-07-2003, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by oil_85
The Bruins have the right to match any offer within X% of his arbitration award. (X being something like 20%, but I'm not entirely sure that I'm accurate.)

The Bruins are playing hardball with Berard, but they'd instantly match the 1.8 figure if they had to. I will be shocked if he plays anywhere other than Boston this year.
I think it's around $2.05M that is the lower end of what teams can offer without a match from Boston. I wonder if Lowe could sign Berard for $2.2M and then sign him to a two year extension for $1.6M and $1.9M (ala Moreau). Three years at an average of $1.9M wouldn't be too bad. First year would be higher to allow for the arbitration rules, second year is low to allow for an averaging down effect, and the third year would be a bit higher as a good faith measure to Berard.

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