All quiet on the Marchand front
BRIGHTON — Beginning with his rookie season in 2010-11, Brad Marchand has provided plenty of entertainment. Whether it’s having a nose for the net or his edgy physical play, the 5-foot-9 Marchand has become a staple among the Bruins’ core.
Embraced throughout Boston, Marchand has noted that he wants to spend his entire career with the Bruins.
One year removed from scoring a career-high 37 goals, Marchand is also due for a raise as he enters the final year of his contract.
“I know that everyone wants an update and anything, but I can’t comment on what’s been going on. You know, we are talking and hopefully we figure something out,” Marchand said about the negotiations after the team’s informal practice on Thursday at Warrior Ice Rink.
“This is an incredible organization and one that we’re all proud to be a part of. It would be great to be able to be here for my whole career and, you know, you see how rare it is nowadays — you don’t see that often — and it would be an incredible thing. But a lot of things have to line up for that to happen, not only now but down the road so we’ll play it year by year.”
If Marchand’s approach sounds familiar for Bruins fans, well, they don’t have to look back far.
Amidst a season full of trade rumors and talk about a new contract, Loui Eriksson was an example of grace under fire. The Swede notched 30 goals in his final season with the Black and Gold before inking a 6-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks on July 1.
Whether he faces the same rumors as Eriksson down the road is anyone’s guess, but Marchand took notice of his professionalism during another disappointing ending on Causeway Street
“I think Loui dealt with it very well last year, and he had the team on his mind and was worrying about playing his best every night to help the team,” Marchand said about his former teammate. “It can drive you a bit and I think we saw that with Loui and ultimately that helps the team. He really helped us last year, he was great. But the goal, like I said before, is to help this team win and I’m going to do what it takes to do that.”
In the immediate term, Marchand will be representing Team Canada at this year’s World Cup of Hockey. After that, he’ll return to Boston on a team that is full of question marks.
Will the Bruins land a bonafide top defenseman? Can Claude Julien find a linemate to skate with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on a nightly basis? Will Marchand sign a contract extension in time for the start of the season and not have to worry about the scuttlebutt surrounding his future?
Those questions will be answered over time. For now, Marchand has his sights on representing his country at the World Cup and helping the Bruins in their quest to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2016-17.
“I think first and foremost this season is what’s on my mind and, you know, we’ll deal [with my situation] down the road.”