(Via BostonBruins.com) Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 26, that the team has signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season worth an average annual value of $6.125 million.
“This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family,” said Marchand. “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.”
Marchand, 28, completed his seventh NHL season with the Bruins in 2015-16, establishing career-highs in goals (37) and points (60), while adding 90 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 77 games. His 37 goals ranked sixth in the NHL and were the most by a Bruins player since Glen Murray (44) in 2002-03.
"Really excited about the new deal."
Marchy checks in from Toronto! 😎 pic.twitter.com/x8nI1FSUZD
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 26, 2016
Well happy Monday Bruins fans, the team finally got their guy. It took the Bruins a little longer then expected and Marchand had to showcase his skills in front of the entire world but it was well worth the wait, as the Bruins signed Brad Marchand to an 8-year deal worth $49 million.
Not only did the Bruins get their guy for 8-years, but they also got him at an AAV of $6.125M. The Bruins will now have both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, who are currently playing on the top-line for the top team in the World, Team Canada, under contract until 2021-2022. Next season, when Brad Marchand’s $4M cap hit raises to $6.125M, Zdeno Chara’s cap hit decreases from $6.9M to $4M. So in essence, the Bruins are saving themselves 775K in cap space.
The former 71st overall pick by the Bruins in 2006 has showed over the past two weeks that he can play with the World’s best at the World Cup of Hockey, scoring 3 goals for team Canada playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. Not that scoring 37 goals last season for the Bruins wasn’t enough, he had to show that he could do it on the big stage for Don Sweeney to fork over the big bucks.
The Bruins still need to lock up a young, top-two defenseman, but now that two of the world’s best – Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand – are locked up long term, the Bruins now have something to build around and the future is brighter then some may think.