|Brad Marchand gets two-year deal with Bruins||09.14.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
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.
|Report: Bruins, Brad Marchand close to deal||at 1:30 pm ET|
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.
|Brad Marchand not thinking about camp or James van Riemsdyk’s money||09.12.11 at 12:19 pm ET|
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.”
|‘Anxious’ Brad Marchand still waiting for deal as camp nears||09.08.11 at 12:30 pm ET|
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.
|Brad Marchand, Joe Corvo among those in attendance at Bruins’ first veterans practice||at 12:25 pm ET|
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.
|Report: Brad Marchand negotiations could last into training camp||08.25.11 at 3:17 pm ET|
‘Discussions 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, ‘[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.
|Brad Marchand still singing same tune regarding negotiations with Bruins||08.04.11 at 10:04 am ET|
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.”
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