Bruins Chalkboard: Heinen's Versatility Valuable To The Bruins (BHN+)
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Bruins Chalkboard: Heinen’s Versatility Valuable To The Bruins (BHN+)

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With the Boston Bruins officially announcing the Danton Heinen’s new two-year contract extension late Tuesday evening, Heinen and General Manager Don Sweeney avoided a salary arbitration hearing which was set for August 3rd. The Bruins likely decided to prevent arbitration because, despite Heinen lacking in offensive prowess this past season with just 11 goals and 34 points, he became one of head coach Bruce Cassidy’s most dependable 200-foot players. The points weren’t there for Heinen, but there was plenty he did in the defensive and neutral zones that led to offense for his team. In addition to his defensive responsibility enabling his team to gain offensive chances, Heinen helps Cassidy by being so versatile in the lineup. Here’s a breakdown of why Heinen and the Bruins avoided what can at times be a difficult process in arbitration.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing the NHL Notebooks, Behind Enemy Lines, and Daily Links segments for Murphys Hockey Law and Boston Hockey Now an affiliate of National Hockey Now. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey as one coach put it "he is the student of the game. When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim coaches a local high school team in New Jersey. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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