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Marchand Excited for Future with B's

Friday, 09.07.2012 / 1:45 PM / Features
By Evan Sporer  - BostonBruins.com
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Marchand Excited for Future with B\'s
After two-plus seasons over which he recorded 48 goals and 97 points, Brad Marchand has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins worth $4.5 million annually.

BostonBruins.com — After two-plus seasons over which he recorded 48 goals and 97 points, Brad Marchand has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins worth $4.5 million annually.

Marchand, a 24-year-old forward, was originally drafted by the Bruins with the 77th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, and has been with the Bruins for the entirety of his career.

“I just want to thank the Jacobs family and the Bruins organization for allowing me the opportunity to be part of the team for this year and four more years,” Marchand said. “It’s an honor to be a part of this organization and I’m very excited for what the future may hold for the Bruins.”

During his three seasons in Boston, Marchand has also amassed 158 penalty minutes, and has gained the admiration of the Bruins faithful as an emotional and physical leader on the ice.

“With the group of guys we have, with the opportunity we have ahead of us, we have such a great team, and we’re going to be a very strong team for years to come, and I think we have the opportunity here to do some very good things and especially make a couple of good runs at the Cup,” Marchand said. “With how dedicated everyone is to the city and the organization I know everyone is going to put their best [foot] forward every game and make sure we’re giving ourselves the best opportunity to do that.”

After appearing in only 21 games in 2010, Marchand was a key component to the Bruins Stanley Cup run in 2011, scoring 11 goals in the team’s 25 playoff games, including one game-winner.

The third-year player set career highs last season in goals (28), assists (27), and points (55). Marchand was also fifth overall in the NHL last season in plus-minus at plus-31.

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marchand will now call Boston his home for at least the next five years.

“This is a classic case—again, you’ve probably heard it from me before—of the player wanting to be back, us wanting the player back, a player that has been part of our group for a while, and a player whose style of play is part of our identity,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told BostonBruins.com. “I think you can say all of those things about Brad. He’s an agitator, and he’s an offensive player at the same time. He’s an aggressive player, and he’s still a young player, so we’re happy to get him signed, and we’re going to have him for five more years, this upcoming year and four more.

Marchand became the fifth Bruin from last year’s squad to re-up with the team this offseason, joining teammates Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, and Tuukka Rask, who all inked extensions earlier this summer.

“Our mandate has been to try to keep our core together,” Chiarelli said, “So, we’ve signed March, there may be some other things, there may not but, we continue to plug away.”

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