The Bruins made another big move on Friday afternoon, extending forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension through the 2016-17 NHL season. Marchand’s contract will be worth an average of $4.5 million annually over the four years of his deal.
In his second full NHL season with the Bruins, the scrappy “Noseface Killah” registered a career high in goals, assists and points recording 28-27-55 respectively. Marchand also totaled 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins behind his partner in crime Tyler Seguin. Marchand’s plus-31 while on the ice ranked him fifth in the league which may be his most impressive stat.
In Marchand’s first NHL season with the Bruins he netted 21 goals, dished out 20 assists and added 51 penalty minutes.
During his rookie year, Marchand received “7th Player Award” honors representing the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeding the expectations of Bruins fans during the regular season.
During the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, Marchand was a rock star in Boston. He scored 11 goals in 25 games and added eight assists en route to the Bruins first Stanley Cup in almost 40 years. He scored two goals in the Cup-clinching victory over the hated Canucks in Game seven.
For his career, Marchand has played in 173 games with Boston registering 49 goals, 48 assists, 97 points, 158 penalty minutes, a plus-53 rating as well as 12 goals and nine assists in 32 playoff games. It is looking like a great draft pick by the Bruins who drafted Marchand in the third round (71st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
So, the question remains, Was the Marchand appropriate after two years of service? Marchand will earn $4.5 million per season for the next four years and the Bruins have yet to sign their man Tyler Seguin. Seguin has rumored to be in the six million dollar per year range and after spending $4.5 million per year on Marchand, it is hard to think Seguin may not get a little more security. Marchand is a great player that has been consistent in his first two year on the ice and so has Seguin. I have no problem with the deal, but you have to think Seguin’s big pay day is coming soon, so the youngster does not have to think about it during the season.