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Bruins open up contract talks with free agent Brad Marchand

Jul 11, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

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Each summer, there are a handful of players who turn a conveniently timed career-year into a big, fat raise. We’ve already seen some breakthrough players reap those benefits in the 2011 off-season, with Joel Ward and Sean Bergenheim receiving significant contracts based on the hope that they might conjure their playoff magic over the long haul.

Boston Bruins rookie Brad Marchand probably fits in a slightly more positive subcategory with fellow restricted free agent Teddy Purcell, though. Both Marchand and Purcell boast minimal NHL resumes but they distinguished themselves from Ward, Bergenheim and other postseason wonders by having solid regular seasons as well. Perhaps that explains why both Purcell and Marchand lack new contracts at the moment (though that probably has more to do with the fact that they’re not unrestricted free agents).

While Purcell approaches a possible salary arbitration hearing on July 20, the Bruins have a larger window to work with their surprisingly high-scoring pest. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty captures some of the early talks between Marchand and the Bruins’ front office (including GM Peter Chiarelli).

The B’s general manager has consistently said that the team will get a deal done with the impish forward, who has been back in his native Nova Scotia after a wild week of celebration in Boston following the Cup win.

Chiarelli wouldn’t characterize the discussions, but it’s expected that Marchand is going to get a substantial raise in his deal to something in the $2.5-3-5 million range before it’s all said and done.

“We continue to talk and we’ve had some discussion and I’ll leave it at that,” said Chiarelli when asked about the negotiations.

Giving Marchand $2.5-$3.5 million seems a little risky, but that salary falls compares reasonably well to the funny money being handed out in free agency this summer. Even looking at his standard numbers – which doesn’t tell the whole story because he can be effective at rubbing opponents the wrong way, too – he would probably get a nice deal on the open market. Marchand scored 21 goals (and 41 points) in his first season and then had 19 points in 25 games played during a fantastic Stanley Cup run.

His restricted status limits the relevance of certain comparisons, but his physicality and agitation make him more versatile than some of the one-dimensional scorers who went laughing to the bank in July. The closer the Bruins can keep his salary in the lower end of that range, the better things will look for a team that shouldn’t be drastically different (on paper, at least) as they prepare to defend their title in 2011-12.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    If he can continue with a second season like this past one, he’s worth every penny. Risky on the high end of that scale, but I’d take the risk with him. I’m wondering if the B’s will suffer the ‘fat-cat’ syndrome and/or the championship hangover effect and have a lackluster 2012 season. Let’s hope not.

    While looking at a bust of Marquis de Lafayette in Washington last week, I was struck by the resemblance – my God, it’s Brad Marchand!

  2. mgp1219 - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    SIGN HIM!!

  3. letmesignup6t9 - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Marchmont as 98.5 would say

  4. 8man - Jul 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    This kid has grit and moxy. He will grow into a solid NHL player. Sign. Him. Now.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      At. What. Price.

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