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Report: Bruins, Brad Marchand still in early stages of negotiations

07.26.11 at 1:12 pm ET
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand said last week that hoped he and the B’s would have his new contract wrapped up over the course of the next week, and with no contract inked yet, it seems the wait may be longer. Marchand’s agent, Wade Arnott, told ESPN Boston Tuesday that negotiations with the B’s and the restricted free agent are not far along.

‘€œWe remain in the early stages of contract discussions with the Bruins,’€ Arnott told ESPN Boston’s James Murphy.

Marchand had 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points in the regular season as a rookie. His 11 goals in the playoffs were second among all players, behind only teammate David Krejci.

‘€œNot at all,’€ Marchand said last week when asked if he was surprised negotiations were taking so long. ‘€œThere’€™s been a lot going on, obviously with the Cup and everything. That’€™s taking the leading role in everything, so I’€™m not surprised at all.

‘€œWe’€™re obviously very excited to get something [done],’€ Marchand added, ‘€œand hopefully it gets done soon.’€

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