On July 18, Bruins forward Brad Marchand  said that he was confident a deal would be done within a week or two, as the biggest thing holding up the restricted free agent’s negotiations was the fact that everyone was having their fun with the Stanley Cup .
Just over two weeks later, the fact that he is singing the same tune might not be the most positive sign.
“Right now, we’re just kind of getting into things,” Marchand said on CTV Atlantic . It’s been a long summer and people have been on vacation and enjoying the Cup so we’re going to start getting into it pretty heavily here and hopefully we’ll get something done soon.”
And here’s what he said on July 18:
‘It’s obviously been a very busy time for everyone with the Cup and everything. We know we have all summer. We’re both confident something’s going to get done here soon, so I don’t think either of us are worried. We know something’s going to get done.’
Either Marchand isn’t heavily involved in the negotiations or there hasn’t been much progress made. Of course, there’s the possibility that he’s just using that answer until his deal gets signed. General manager Peter Chiarelli has been tight-lipped as well, saying recently that he will not comment on progress of the negotiations.
As a rookie, Marchand amassed 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points. He was huge for the B’s in the playoffs, scoring 11 goals (two of which came in Game 7 against the Canucks) and eight assists for 19 postseason points.
Marchand’s CTV interview is definitely worth a watch. Always a good quote, Marchand touches on everything from winning the Cup to hits to the head to the “mutual respect” he and P.K. Subban have for each other to his status as a hero in Boston and even telling his mother to keep away from the Bruins as a superstition. Steve Murphy, who conducted the interview and referred to Marchand as “champ,” tossed out $2.25 million as a potential annual salary, with Marchand responding, “I have no idea right now what the numbers are or how long it’s going to be.”