Bruins Give Brad Marchand 4 Year $18 Million Extension
The Boston Bruins have announced today that the organization has extended winger Brad Marchand 4 more years at $4.5 million per. This should come as no surprise to anyone given the young Bruins’ development over the past few seasons and most notably a record setting rookie performance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since his emergence during the 2011, Marchand has become one of the better pests in the NHL as well as having a knack for the back of the net.
The pesky winger is also one of the most improved Bruins since his arrival in Boston. Having started out on the fourth line; Marchand worked his way up to the third line over the course of the season and found tremendous chemistry with Patrice Bergeron and former Bruins Mark Recchi. It is this line that would come up big in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 helping to capture the franchise’s sixth championship and first in 39 years.
It is no secret that the Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia native plays on and with an edge. Marchand has been suspended before for illegal hits and will need to learn how to better utilize his agitating abilities. It is not uncommon for players like Brad to handicap their teams at times too.
I could talk about how much of a double edged sword the young Bruins forward can be until my face turns blue. In reality the “pest like” play of Marchand is why we the fans love him. He is the perfect example of a player you absolutely despise…except when he is on your team. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli has done well in retaining the core of the Boston Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup only a year ago and this is yet another example of his plan.
Last season Brad Marchand set career highs in goals with 28, assists with 27, and plus/minus with a plus 31 in 76 games. With Marchand locked up the Bruins can now turn their attention to their other free agents like Andrew Ference and Nathan Horton who are unrestricted and Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin who are restricted. You can follow me on twitter here for all things Bruins: Mattjacob64