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Danton Heinen, Bruins heading to salary arbitration – what can both parties expect?

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It may stand as one of the Bruins’ top remaining offseason priorities, but Don Sweeney wasn’t sweating the extended process that often comes when an NHL club has to negotiate with its restricted free agents. 

For now, dialogue between Sweeney, his staff and Boston’s RFA trio of Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen remains ongoing — with the only deadline that both parties have to adhere to coming on December 1 (a RFA who does not sign a new contract by December 1st becomes ineligible to play for the rest of the season). 

While Sweeney and the Bruins don’t expect these negotiations to carry on as long as the fiasco between William Nylander and the Maple Leafs last winter, there’s certainly no guarantee that Boston will have all three of these skaters back in the fold by the time that calendar flips to August. 

No, yeah, it’s a constant dialogue,” Sweeney said on Monday. “There’s just no way to push anybody to the table or pull anybody to the table. It’s a matter of some of these things just take time. You’re never out of communication. It’s the wrong approach, in my opinion. There’s no line in the sand. You have to work to find a deal, what works for both sides.”

However, the B’s might have a solution on the horizon with one of their RFAs, as the NHLPA announced Friday evening that Heinen has elected for salary arbitration. Heinen was one of two arbitration-eligible players on Boston’s roster — with Peter Cehlarik opting to avoid the process. 

Both Carlo and McAvoy — needing four pro years completed before becoming arbitration eligible — will not hit the quota until after the 2020-21 and 2021-22 season, respectively. 

With Heinen and the Bruins heading to arbitration, both parties can expect