Spooner, Bruins far apart in initial arbitration

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Ryan Spooner and the Bruins appear headed toward an arbitration hearing over the center's contract for this season.

 The two sides submitted their initial briefs to the arbiter on Monday and there was a difference of $1.85 million. The Bruins offered a one-year deal worth $2 million. Spooner’s representatives see his value at $3.85 million. That’s a wide gap for a player coming off a two-year deal that paid him a total of $1.95 million.

While the two sides could reach a compromise, there’s such a difference that a hearing over the matter now appears likely.

Spooner, 25, had 11 goals and 28 assists last season. If he’s awarded the full $3.85 million from the arbiter, the Bruins could walk away from Spooner.

The other part of this situation is that it could continue to slow the process (if that is indeed the hold up) on an extension for David Pastrnak.