Report: Brad Marchand signs friendly contract extension with B’s
Boston is the only place that Brad Marchand has called home since signing his entry-level contract before the 2009-10 season. Given his success while donning the Spoked B, Marchand will be staying home for quite awhile.
As first tweeted by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Marchand and the Bruins have agreed to an eight-year contract extension that will keep him in Boston through the 2024-25 season. It’s not the length of the new deal that has Bruins fans buzzing, but rather the friendly discount he took to stay with a salary of $49 million with an average cap hit of $6.125 million.
Brad Marchand’s extension with BOS is done. Should be an 8-year deal at slightly more than $6M AAV.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 26, 2016
Marchand, currently representing Team Canada as they prepare for their World Cup of Hockey final against Team Europe, tallied a career high 37 goals in 2015-16. Entering his seventh season, the 28-year-old has 153 goals and has developed from an edgy forward into a mature leader in the Bruins locker room.
“This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family,” Marchand said via a Bruins press release confirming the contract extension. “I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me. I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.”
Assuming Marchand’s production won’t drop off anytime soon, this is arguably one of the better moves for General Manager Don Sweeney since taking over the helm a year ago.
"Really excited about the new deal."
Marchy checks in from Toronto! 😎 pic.twitter.com/x8nI1FSUZD
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 26, 2016