An arbitrator has awarded Boston Bruins goalie Rob Tallas a $625,000 contract for the next season.
Tallas,a backup last season, had asked for $675,000. The Bruins had offered a so-called two-way contract: $440,000 if he spent the season in Boston, but only $110,000 if he spent the year in the minor leagues.
Arbitrator Claude Foisy decided against the two-way contract Monday, ruling that if the Bruins want Tallas, they must pay him $625,000 no matter where he plays.
The Bruins could have let Tallas go as an unrestricted free agent.
Tallas, 25, played 14 games last season as backup to goaltender Byron Dafoe, and had a 6-3-3 record and 1.83 goals against average.
"It's exciting that the arbitrator went in my favor. It gives me a lot of confidence," he said. "I'm totally relieved. I think it shows the Bruins I'm a strong backup in the league."
"We are glad to have it settled," said Harry Sinden, Bruins president and general manager. "Robbie fits into our plans, and he along with (Jim) Carey and Dafoe will battle for the No. 1 spot at training camp."
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