|Brad Marchand has signed a four-year extension with the Bruins. (Getty Images)|
The Boston Bruins announced on Friday afternoon that forward Brad Marchand has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the team.
The deal is worth a total of $18 million, which comes out to a salary cap hit of $4.5 million per season, which is a pretty significant raise over his current deal.
He still has one year remaining on his current contract and will make $2.5 million during the 2012-13 season. His new deal will keep him in Boston through the end of the 2016-17 season.
Marchand has become a valuble player for the Bruins over the past two years and sees significant ice time in all situations, playing tough minutes during 5-on-5 play while also getting power play and penalty-kill minutes. It didn't take him long to start making an impact with the Bruins. After scoring 21 goals as a rookie during the 2010-11 regular season, he had a terrific playoff run for the Bruins that postseason as he helped the franchise end its lengthy Stanley Cup drought by adding 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in Boston's 25 playoff games, leading all rookie scorers that year.
He would have been eligible for restricted free agency after this season. The only other Bruins signed through the '16-17 season are forward Marc Savard (though it's not known when or if he will play again) and defenseman Zdeno Chara.