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Arbitration Not For Dafoe

Boston Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe did not file for arbitration by Friday's deadline and will continue negotiations for a new contract.

Two other Bruins, forward Dmitri Khristich and defenseman Darren Van Impe, did file for arbitration by the deadline of midnight Thursday. All three players are restricted free agents, meaning the Bruins have the right to match any contract offer they receive.

The Bruins and Dafoe already have exchanged contract proposals. The club also can continue negotiating with Khristich and Van Impe before any arbitration hearing.

Boston general manager Harry Sinden said he would match any offer for Dafoe, who led the NHL with 10 shutouts and was third in goals-against average.

Under arbitration, the club can declare whether the offer should be for one year or two years. Each side then submits a monetary proposal and an arbitrator can choose any figure but usually picks an amount between the two that are submitted.

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