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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.

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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Report: Brad Marchand negotiations could last into training camp 08.25.11 at 3:17 pm ET
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The agent for Bruins restricted free agent Brad Marchand recently told CSNNE‘s Joe Haggerty that the two sides are not close to a deal to keep the folk hero in Boston.

‘€œDiscussions with the Bruins remain open and ongoing regarding Brad, but nothing is imminent,’€ agent Wade Arnott told Haggerty.

When asked whether a deal would be done before training camp opens on Sept. 16, Arnott replied, ‘€œ[I'€™m] hopeful, but it’€™s no sure thing.’€

Last season, Marchand had 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points. He added 19 more points in the playoffs, including two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

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Brad Marchand still singing same tune regarding negotiations with Bruins 08.04.11 at 10:04 am ET
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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:

‘€œIt’€™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.”

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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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Bruins announce contracts for Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Stefan Chaput, hire Kevin Dean 07.20.11 at 6:54 pm ET
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The Bruins announced four deals Wednesday, as they made the signings of 2010 second-round picks Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner official and announced a one-year extension for forward Stefan Chaput. The B’s have also hired former NHL defenseman Kevin Dean as an assistant coach of the Providence Bruins.

While Dean and Chaput will spend next season in Providence, Knight and Spooner will not. Because they are both 19 years of age and will not be 20 before Dec. 31, they will either have to make the Bruins’ NHL squad or return to their OHL clubs.

Spooner was told last year by the Bruins that he needed to put work in to get stronger, and general manager Peter Chiarelli said at this month’s development camp that Spooner clearly had done what was required of him. He echoed how much he’s been impressed by each player’s progress Wednesday.

“Both of them got a little bit stronger, a little bit faster,” Chiarelli told a pool reporter. “Specifically Spooner, his testing improved from when we did the last till now. And you can see his a little bit bigger a little bit faster, a little bit more committed. Knight was always strong, he seemed a little more comfortable with his game at that level. And they both had good junior years. So I like to see them put some work in and then we decided to sign them.”

Once again, Chiarelli offered no update on the negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand.

“I’€™m not going to comment on progress,” he said. “We want to get him signed and we’€™ll continue to work towards that.”

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