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Inside the Locker Room: Opening Night 10.07.11 at 12:14 am ET
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Tim Thomas, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron react to the pregame ceremonies and the team’s opening night loss.

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Quick hits from Brad Marchand and Peter Chiarelli conference call 09.14.11 at 5:27 pm ET
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Here are a few highlights from Bruins forward Brad Marchand and general manager Peter Chiarelli from Wednesday’s conference call after Marchand signed a new two-year deal:

MARCHAND

On getting a deal done before camp:

“From the get go I never was going to miss a day of camp. I never wanted that. I wanted to be here the first day. I wanted to show I wanted to be here and go through the whole camp with the guys and be a part of the team. I was very happy that it didn’t have to come down to that, and we were able to get the deal done before camp, so now we can just move forward.”

On the term of the deal:

“It’s a great fit for both of us. I’m happy with the term. We talked about a little longer [deal] and I think that was just more about a little more security, but I think this was just a perfect fit for both parties.”

On whether he will become an unrestricted free agent after the contract expires in 2012-13:

“No, I believe I still have two more years.”

CHIARELLI

Opening statement:

“It took a little while, but I’m very happy to sign Brad to two years. He was a terrific performer in the playoffs, a clutch performer and just loves to play, plays on the edge, and we’re really excited to have him with the Bruins for two more years.”

On getting the deal done before camp:

“It was important. I didn’t think that it would get to that stage. Brad’s always told me that he wants to be here, and be part of the Bruins, and I know the works that Don Sweeney put in and Brad’s representative, they put in some good time. I had a feeling it would get done. It’s nice to finish this business before camp, because you fall behind in camp and it’s hard to catch up. I didn’t think it would get to that stage and it didn’t.”

On whether a longer deal was discussed:

“In these negotiations, you talk about a lot of different things. We did with this one, and we found that this term was probably best for both parties, and it gives some security. It gives Brad the ability to come back in a couple of years and negotiate with us again. It was just something that was a fit here, but we did talk about a bunch of different terms.”

On whether other deals signed influence negotiations:

“These are all comparables, and there’s a whole list of comparables that you talk about. it was something that we worked on throughout the summer. Deal’s come up, we discuss deals, we discuss where our offers are, etc. Eventually you get a deal done.”

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Brad Marchand gets two-year deal with Bruins at 2:48 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have signed restricted free agent Brad Marchand to a two-year contract.

Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada was the first to report the deal, noting it is for $5 million and a $2.5 million cap hit.

Last season, Marchand made $821,667. He had 21 goals and 20 assists in the regular season as a rookie, and his 11 goals in the playoffs put him behind only teammate David Krejci for tops amongst all skaters.

Had he not signed this week, it was possible Marchand may have missed part of training camp.

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Report: Bruins, Brad Marchand close to deal at 1:30 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — According to a tweet from ESPN’s James Murphy, the Bruins could finally sign restricted free agent Brad Marchand on Wednesday.

Tweeted Murphy: Brad Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott just told me: “We are closing in on a deal for Brad – it will likely get done today.”

A deal for Marchand prior to Friday would save both sides the headache of what would essentially be a holdout. Without a deal, the risk involved in showing up to training camp and potentially being hurt would potentially prevent Marchand from showing up, though he’s participated in each veterans’ skate.

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Brad Marchand not thinking about camp or James van Riemsdyk’s money 09.12.11 at 12:19 pm ET
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BOLTON — We have a Brad Marchand update, and it’s that it doesn’t seem anything has changed.

Brad Marchand knows about wraparounds, but now he wants his deal wrapped up. (AP)

Marchand, a restricted free agent who has yet to sign, was at the Bruins’ annual golf tournament Monday, which to his credit is the latest sign of him doing everything he can to remain involved despite the uncertainty surround when his deal will get done.

He’s been at captains’ practices, the golf tournament, and was at the team’s DVD premier over the summer, but the biggest two questions remain unanswered: will he be signed before training camp opens Friday, and, if not, would he really show up for camp without a contract? Marchand was once again noncommittal in answering the latter.

“I’m not looking that far ahead right now,” he said. “It’s just day to day.”

With Friday just four days away, he doesn’t need to look too far ahead. The clock is ticking for Wade Arnott, Marchand’s agent, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli to get something done.

[UPDATE: 8:30 pm] Chiarelli weighed in — barely — on the matter after the team’s annual State of the Bruins meeting with season-ticket holders.

“He’s obviously a good player, and he’s a god kid, and we want to get him signed,” Chiarelli said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Asked whether he would expect Marchand to show up for camp without a contract, the general manager didn’t say.

“It’s something that I’d have to discuss with the agent and the player,” Chiarelli said. “We’re not at that point yet.”

One thing that may have shaken up the market a bit is the contract that agent Alec Schall was able to get for Flyers forward and former second overall pick James van Riemsdyk. The winger got a six-year, $25.5 million deal, and his regular season production last year (21 goals, 19 assists) was right on par with what Marchand did (21 goals, 20 assists). It’s hard to imagine the Bruins giving Marchand that kind of money or such a lengthy deal.

“No, not at all,” Marchand said when asked whether he felt he was worth more than JvR. “Everyone’s in a different place, with a different team and different dynamic. He’s a great player, and he’s going to have a great future. It’s a great deal for him, but that isn’t really any of my business.”

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‘Anxious’ Brad Marchand still waiting for deal as camp nears 09.08.11 at 12:30 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — What has one ring, too many unflattering pictures on the internet and no contract?

That would be Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who still has yet to ink a deal for the coming season. The 23-year-old was a somewhat surprising attendee at the Bruins’ first veterans practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, as he, among others, took the ice in preparation for the start of training camp next weekend.

Marchand addressed his situation after the skate, saying he doesn’t know whether he’ll have a deal in time for camp, but that he’s “anxious” for agent Wade Arnott to give him some good news.

“I’m updated every day,” Marchand said of where things stand between the Bruins and Arnott. “Every day that something happens, I’m updated, so I’m very aware of what’s going on, but [Arnott]‘s doing everything.”

Training camp is set to officially open a week from Saturday. Marchand doesn’t know whether he will be under contract then, and though he technically could participate in camp without a deal, he would not indicate whether he plans to take the ice — and therefore risk being injured without a contract — or sit out.

“I’m not thinking that far ahead right now,” he said. “It’s just day to day, and hopefully it gets done before then.”

As for his decision to participate in the voluntary veterans skates, Marchand, who has been skating since Aug. 3, said he did not consider staying off the ice until a deal was signed.

Said Marchand: “The goal is to be in the best possible shape as I can be for the season, and that’s all I’ve been doing and trying to get in shape.”

Marchand’s 11 goals in the playoffs last season were second only to teammate David Krejci. In the regular season, Marchand had 21 goals and 20 assists as a rookie, working his way up from a fourth-line player to a main contributor on the team’s second line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi.

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Brad Marchand, Joe Corvo among those in attendance at Bruins’ first veterans practice at 12:25 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins held their first veterans practice of 2011 as they prepare for the start of training camp next weekend. The skate lasted about an hour and saw several familiar faces.

There was one notable attendee and one notable absence in the group, as Brad Marchand was on the ice despite not having a contract for the coming season. Winger Nathan Horton, who participated in each and every veterans practice a season ago, was not in attendance. He was knocked out of the playoffs in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on a hit from Aaron Rome and had a separated shoulder in addition to his concussion, but said last month that he was ready to go. We’ll see if he takes the ice in the coming days.

Speaking of newcomers, defenseman Joe Corvo, who came to the team in a July trade with the Hurricanes, was out there. No sign of Benoit Pouliot yet.

Here’s the list of those spotted: Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Tyler Seguin, Steven Kampfer, Milan Lucic, Marchand, David Krejci, Sean Thornton, Corvo, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Colby Cohen, Max Sauve, Jamie Arniel, Michael Hutchinson.

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