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Bruins sign Brad Marchand to 8-year extension with $6.125 million AAV 09.26.16 at 11:16 am ET
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The Bruins and Brad Marchand have agreed to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension that carries a confusingly team-friendly cap hit of $6.125 million. News of the agreement and terms were first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

“This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family,” Marchand said in a press release Monday. “I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me. I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.”

Marchand’s deal will begin in the 2017-18 season, meaning he will be signed from age 29 until 36, as he will turn 37 in May of the final year of the deal. He is coming off the best season of his career, a campaign in which he scored a team-leading 37 goals.

According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, Marchand’s deal carries a full no-movement clause for the first five years before becoming a limited no-trade clause.

Between Marchand’s cap hit and Patrice Bergeron’s $6.875 million hit, the B’s will have their two best forwards signed for a combined $13 million against the salary cap.

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Claude Julien returns from World Cup of Hockey to talk about how great Brad Marchand is 09.22.16 at 3:50 pm ET
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Claude Julien

BRIGHTON — With Team Canada being given a break from destroying everyone at the World Cup of Hockey an off day, Claude Julien flew from Toronto to Boston to brag about destroying everyone at the World Cup of Hockey check in with the Bruins for the start of training camp.

Julien, who is running Team Canada’s penalty kill under Mike Babcock, said that he came back to “make sure everything got off on the right foot” before his assistants take over for the opening days of practice. Canada, which won all three of its first-round games, will play an elimination game Saturday in the tournament semifinals. Canada would be a heavy favorite against its potential opponents (Russia or Team North America), so it could be a few days before Julien is in Boston again.

Two thirds of Canada’s top line is made up of Bruins, as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have flanked Sidney Crosby in the tournament. Julien said he didn’t need to talk Babcock into forming the line given Bergeron’s chemistry with Crosby in the Olympics and Marchand since the 2010-11 season.

“I didn’t have to push for any of that, to be honest with you,” Julien said. “One of the reasons is Sid and Bergy have obviously played together before. At the same time, when you look at Bergy and March, they’re pretty good together as a pair. It just seemed to be the right fit to start with, and it just worked out. We weren’t necessarily thinking, ‘That’s the line, it’s going to stay that way.’ They certainly had to prove that they were a good line and they did that. Our two guys have no doubt been dialed in from Day 1 and to me have been tremendous players for our hockey club.”

Marchand, who is entering the final year of his contract, scored a career-best 37 goals last season.

“I think Brad’s been that kind of a player for quite a long time,” Julien said. “We just have to look back from his first year to where he is now. When I say he’s matured as a hockey player, he’s also matured as a person because he’s also become a pretty good leader. Right now, where he is with Team Canada, he’s also very respected by his teammates for the way he prepares, the way he plays and everything else. He’s come a long ways, and at the same time, what better way to grow and become better than when you’re playing alongside probably one of the best two-way centers in the league? He’s had that luxury, and as a coach, you’re extremely proud of what they’ve done so far.”

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Brad Marchand has 3-point first period for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey opener 09.18.16 at 9:39 am ET
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The World Cup of Hockey isn’t going well for the United States, but local hockey fans have other players to follow in the tournament.

Hours after Team USA was upset in a shutout loss to Team Europe, tournament favorite Team Canada trounced the Czech Republic with a 6-0 victory. Two players had three-point nights for Canada. One of them was Sidney Crosby (as you might expect) and the other was his linemate, Brad Marchand. All three of Marchand’s points came in the first period.

Marchand got a helper on the game’s first goal (scored by Crosby), scored a goal of his own by tipping a Brent Burns point shot late in the period and then assisted linemate Patrice Bergeron’s last-second goa. Bergeron’s goal came when Marchand jumped on a puck off a Czech turnover by Crosby and then fed a trailing Bergeron.

Team Canada will play Team USA on Tuesday. The States won when the two teams played in a pre-tournament exhibition, but Saturday’s performances (including some questionable moves by USA coach John Tortorella) present the likelihood that Team USA could be a 3-and-out for the tournament. The top two teams from each group advance, and an 0-2 start would essentially seal the States’ fate.

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Don Sweeney latest to not say much about Brad Marchand’s contract 09.12.16 at 4:29 pm ET
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Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

BOLTON — Since we last heard from Brad Marchand, the only way he’s gotten richer is by making a $104.4 million friend in World Cup of Hockey linemate Sidney Crosby. The high-scoring Bruins winger is still waiting on his own payday, however.

Speaking at the Bruins’ golf tournament Monday, general manager Don Sweeney gave the latest in what’s been a series of vague comments regarding the free-agent-to-be. Marchand, 28, is the Bruins’ best scorer and is due for a sizable raise from his team-friendly $4.5 million cap hit.

“We’re working on it,” Sweeney said. “As I’ve said, we’re never going to comment publicly, but we look forward to hopefully finding traction and getting something done.”

Marchand said prior to leaving for the World Cup of Hockey that he would like to sign a new contract with the Bruins. His deal would figure to be a longterm pact in excess of $7 million annually given that his 37 goals last season made him one of just eight players in the NHL to score at least 35.

“This is an incredible organization and one that I think we’re all very fortunate to be part of,” Marchand said earlier this month. “It would be great to be able to be here my whole career, and you see how rare that is nowadays. It doesn’t happen often, so it would be an incredible thing, but a lot of things have to line up for that to happen, not only now but down the road, so we’ll play it year-by-year.”

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Brad Marchand mum on contract negotiations with Bruins 09.01.16 at 1:41 pm ET
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Brad Marchand

BRIGHTON — Brad Marchand has made a stop in Boston before he heads to practices with Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey. Thursday served as an opportunity to skate with some Bruins teammates at the new Warrior Ice Arena and face the inevitable questions about his contract status.

Marchand, 28, is entering the final year of a four-year, $18 million contract. If he doesn’t sign an extension, which he’s been eligible to do since July, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

“I know that everyone wants an update and everything, but I really can’t comment on what’s going on, but we are talking and hopefully we’ll figure something out,” Marchand said.

Marchand’s next deal would figure to command upwards of $6 million annually at the very least (and likely much more). One of the league’s best two-way forwards, Marchand is coming off a career year in which he led the Bruins with 37 goals in 2015-16.

Last month, B’s general manager Don Sweeney said the team considered Marchand a core player, but that it took “two sides” to come to an agreement. Marchand reiterated his preference Thursday to be a Bruin for the rest of his career.

“This is an incredible organization and one that I think we’re all very fortunate to be part of,” Marchand said. “It would be great to be able to be here my whole career, and you see how rare that is nowadays. It doesn’t happen often, so it would be an incredible thing, but a lot of things have to line up for that to happen, not only now but down the road, so we’ll play it year-by-year.”

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Bruins have begun negotiations with Brad Marchand on extension 07.15.16 at 1:27 pm ET
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Brad Marchand scored a career-high 37 goals last season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brad Marchand scored a career-high 37 goals last season. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

WILMINGTON — Following the Bruins’ July 1 signings, general manager Don Sweeney said he would take a bit for the organization to catch its breath before proceeding on another key front: signing Brad Marchand to a contract extension.

Speaking at the end of the team’s annual development camp at Ristuccia Arena, Sweeney confirmed that he has indeed began negotiations with Marchand’s agent. Marchand, who is entering the final year of a contract that pays him an average of $4.5 million annually, will be 29 when his next contract starts in the 2017-18.

He won’t come cheap, as the 2006 third-round pick has established himself as an elite two-way player. Last season, Marchand finished sixth in the NHL with a career-high 37 goals. For an estimation of what Marchand might command, click here.

While former general manager Peter Chiarelli believed in signing players before they entered their walk years (with Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci serving as examples), Sweeney’s first year as GM saw him negotiate with free-agent-to-be Loui Eriksson throughout the season before the team ultimately opted to let him walk in free agency.

Asked whether he was inclined to get something done quickly with Marchand (which would mean signing him at the highest point of his career) or waiting, Sweeney was noncommittal but stressed his intentions to keep the player, who would be an unrestricted free agent next July without a new deal.

“I think I’ve been pretty up front that I’d like to be aggressive in trying to identify from what we have, I’ve identified March as a core guy and we want to continue down that path,” Sweeney said. “It always takes two sides to make a deal, and I would envision that he’d like to be part of this organization for what could be arguably his whole career, but Brad has a say in this as well.”

Marchand said in November that his hope would be to stay with the team that drafted him for his whole career.

“When someone has played in one place as long as I have — and I know there’s guys that have been here longer than I have — it would be a dream come true to play here my whole career,” he said. “I understand the game and the business of things, but I think as long as I continue to work hard and hold up my end of the bargain, hopefully I can be here for a while. It is something that crosses my mind. I know that I have a year and a half left on my deal, but it is something I think about and I would obviously love to be here for a long time.”

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Roberto Luongo wishes Brad Marchand a happy Father’s Day 06.19.16 at 3:18 pm ET
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Remember when Brad Marchand scored five goals in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and set up the series-clinching goal? Twitter legend Roberto Luongo does.

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