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Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:56 pm

By Brian Stubits

Brad Marchand can grab another bottle of champagne and toast to a new contract.

The Boston Bruins avoided a holdout with the restricted free agent, signing the young winger to a two-year deal on Wednesday. The contract is reported to be worth $5 million total by numerous reports.

"I wanted to be here first day. I wanted to show I wanted to be here ... now we can just move forward," Marchand said. "I never was going to miss a day of camp."

The deal had been in the works all summer long with Marchand and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli repeatedly saying neither was concerned a deal would be reached. It took almost until the start of training camp, but they were ultimately proven right.

"Brad's always told me that he wanted to be here...I had a feeling it would get done," Chiarelli said.

It comes as a touch of a surprise that the contract a) is for only two years and b) for that low of a salary. An annual cap hit of $2.5 million isn't what I expected Marchand to hit, especially considering the deal the Flyers gave to James van Riemsdyk. A short while back we detailed how similar Marchand and Van Riemsdyk have been in their short careers -- nearly identical -- and assumed their new contracts would be equally similar.JVR signed for four years at an annual average of $4.25 million, or nearly double that of Marchand.

Although perhaps the comparison that Chiarelli was working on was with the Sharks' extension of Logan Couture. With him, San Jose drew up a similar two-year contract with their high-scoring youngster, signing him for $5.75 million total. Considering Marchand's numbers don't quite match Couture's, those seem to be in balance.

Either way, I like the deal from Boston's side a lot. It essentially gets two more years (and will still retain his rights under the current CBA when this new contract expires) for a relatively low price to further evaluate, largely avoiding the risk of a bad contract.

"I am very happy with the term ... I think it was a perfect fit for both parties," Marchand said.

Marchand was still technically a rookie last season after recording just one assist in 20 games in the 2009-10 season. But last year he was with the Stanley Cup champions from the start, scoring 21 goals with 20 assists in 77 games, but then really stepping up his game in the playoffs. That's when he had 11 memorable goals and eight assists for Boston as it ended its long Cup drought.

With Marchand officially back, the Bruins return nearly the entire roster that won the championship last year. Moreover, Chiarelli has saved himself roughly $5 million in salary cap space ( if he decided to make any midseason acquisitions to help the B's repeat.

Can you say preseason Stanley Cup favorites?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:30 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:10 am

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

Shows what you know about the Bruins. Brad Marchand was the third highest playoff scorer on the team, AND scored two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. I don't know what qualifies as a hero in NY, but around here he's well qualified as a HERO.

Since: Jan 31, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:52 pm

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

Not sure I'd refer to him as a playoff "hero" but he is a damn good player. A little surprised he didn't hold out for more money. In the long run it should work out for him. At least he knows he will be on a contender for now and if he continues to improve his game he should make paydirt in two years wherever he ends up!

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 2:41 pm

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

Wow, really poor move by Marchand- the Bruins definitely got away with robbery here.  At best, Marchand can hope to continue his success and style of play and sign with another club for $4-5 million a year for his next deal. 

Win-win for Boston; Marchand's both cheap and motivated for a big contract extension.

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:17 am

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

the B's got away with robbery on this one. if kevin lowe was still the oilers GM he could have taken notes on how to properly work out a contract... thank god for tambellini.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:03 am

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

One Word: Niiiiiiccccccce

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:02 am

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

Nice. I knew it would get done before the 25th. Now he will have another great homecoming that day.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:30 pm

Bruins, Marchand reach two-year extension

What they mean is he has a track record of success.  People that don't know about his history think he came out of nowhere. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:27 pm

Reports: Bruins, Marchand reach 2-year, $5M deal

Extremely surprised his contract is so reasonable by the standards now.   Still overpaid, but a long playoff run always inflates a contract.  Something tells me he just wanted to play, he was feeling all the warm fuzziness that winning brings and wasn't willing to hold out, and/or it was that his agent was drawing the whole thing out much more than Marchand wanted in the first place.   

Somewhere, Logan Couture is calling other player agents for a replacement for his and he's thinking of creative ways to do physical harm to his agent.   Kyle Turris is thinking of ways to do physical harm to Marchand via Bissonette perhaps.    Only a few months ago, I would have called Marchand's contract significantly over market value.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Reports: Bruins, Marchand reach 2-year, $5M deal

Minor league stats mean squat.
The 11 goals and 8 assists in 25 games he tallied in the playoffs are what really matters not what he did in val d' Or when he was playing against a bunch of 15/16 year old kids.

The big bad CHAMPION Bruins are loaded and ready for 2012.

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