Blake Wheeler, the highly-sought winger from the University of Minnesota, has advised his agent to finalize terms of a contract with the Bruins, a two-year deal that won’t be made official until July 1, in keeping with NHL bylaws that govern the movement and signing of unrestricted free agents.
"More than 20 NHL teams were interested in Blake, and this was a very tough decision,’’ said Wellesley-based agent Matt Keator, who also represents Boston captain Zdeno Chara. "And ultimately it came down to a few things for Blake, but mostly that he was comfortable with where the Bruins were headed as an organization — how this year they brought along kids like David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Mark Stuart. They’ve done a good job of developing kids, and he wants to continue along that line.’’
No... more because other than his bff he has no reason to play in Boston or Toronto. Its not even like he wanted to stay close to family...
Tell me he has a better shot at a roster spot on the Bruins than the Yotes?
True, he has a better shot on the Coyotes, but the B's are a team that's on the rise. He'll compete with Sobotka, Nokelainen, and Soderberg for roster spots, but he won't have as much pressure as he would in Phoenix, where he would be counted on for offense.
I'm just happy the B's finally have a pool of young talent: Bergeron, Kessel, Krejci, Stuart, Rask, Sobotka, Lucic Nokelainen, Wheeler, Soderberg, and Lashoff.