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10-07-2003, 11:16 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.
Yeah, they would have the option of matching a $1.8 million offer, but they are saying in the news that they no longer have the budget available to make that offer to Berard. I'd say its about 50/50 whether or not they would match that offer, as they could have him signed by now if they really wanted him in the lineup.

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