Only five arbitration cases this summer have reached the hearing stage and it was looking like Calgary Flames defenseman Ian White(notes) would become the sixth. But joining the likes of Fabian Brunnstrom(notes), Matt Moulson(notes), Anton Stralman(notes) and Andrew Ladd(notes), White and the Flames came to an agreement on a deal right before the hearing was to begin.
It's a one-year, $2,999,995 million deal for the 26-year-old White. Next summer he'll reach unrestricted free-agency status, but in the meantime the deal puts Calgary over the salary cap by $2,349,995, so Darryl Sutter and Jay Feaster still have plenty of work to do before October.
The Calgary Herald's Vicki Hall points out that Calgary's current cap number includes the $3 million salary for Ales Kotalik(notes) who's been waived, but not for the $1,237,833 for Mikael Backlund(notes). Kotalik and his salary look bound for either Abbotsford of the American Hockey League or a European assignment.
In other arbitration news, as expected, the Boston Bruins signed Blake Wheeler(notes) to his one-year, $2.2 million award announced Thursday night. The deal puts the Bruins over the cap by $2,187,771 with first-round draft pick Tyler Seguin(notes) still to be signed.