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Brad Marchand discusses contract negotiations, ‘mutual respect’ among rivals

Aug 4, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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Boston Bruins breakout rookie Brad Marchand must be enjoying life right now. He had a fantastic first full season at the NHL level, finishing the regular season hot to score 21 goals (and 41 points) then making a bigger impact in the playoffs by scoring 19 points in 25 playoff games.

Of course, that hot run – and its lack of comparable previous seasons – makes it tough to gauge exactly how much the winger’s next contract should be worth. The restricted free agent is like Luke Schenn, Drew Doughty and others in that he isn’t eligible for salary arbitration, so there isn’t as much urgency to get a deal done.

That doesn’t mean that he’s totally oblivious to the need for a new deal, although he didn’t really provide a whole lot of details in this interview with CTV Atlantic. Here’s what Marchand had to say about the contract talks, which really aren’t that big of a change of pace from previous comments.

“Right now, we’re just kind of getting into things,” Marchand said. “It’s been a long summer and people have been on vacation and enjoying the Cup so we’re going to start getting into it pretty heavily here and hopefully we’ll get something done soon.”

WEEI points out that he said nearly the same thing in mid-July.

Either Marchand isn’t heavily involved in the negotiations or there hasn’t been much progress made. Of course, there’s the possibility that he’s just using that answer until his deal gets signed. General manager Peter Chiarelli has been tight-lipped as well, saying recently that he will not comment on progress of the negotiations.

Douglas Flynn took particular interest in some of Marchand’s comments about his friends on other teams. He noted that Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews (no surprised in the latter in particular) were rooting for him and also said that he actually gets along pretty well with P.K. Subban, who plays for the hated Montreal Canadiens.

“We played World Juniors together,” Marchand explained. “What happens on the ice stays on the ice. There’s that mutual respect between hockey players. We were buddies when we played World Juniors. It’s part of the game. Guys are going to get hit. It could have been a lot worse. He could have got me in the head.”

Instead, Marchand’s old buddy may want to keep his head up when he plays the Bruins. When Murphy asked if Marchand still owed Subban one for that hit, Marchand replied with his usual mischievous smile, “I’ll take a run at him if I see an opportunity.”

That’s just the way some hockey players are: they beat each other senseless on the ice but are good friends when they trade uniforms for street clothes. We’ll find out how much it will cost to keep Marchand in Bruins’ duds (and for how long) soon enough.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    He just won the Cup and his biggest problem this summer is waiting to see if his new contract will be gigantic or humongous. It’s good to be king.

  2. bcjim - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Please, for the sensibilities of your good readers
    …don’t show photos of mr marchand.

    • nhlbruins90 - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Those kind of jokes get old real fast.

  3. 8man - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Hey nhlbruins90, you know what doesn’t get old? Saying the, “The Boston Bruins are the Stanley Cup Champions!”, that’s what.

    • nhlbruins90 - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      I can’t wait for opening night (even if I don’t have tickets).

  4. mgp1219 - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Marchand need sto be re-sgned. He is no flash in the pan. Someone like him needs to skate hard and work hard every time he is on the ice. It’s in his DNA. Bring him back!

    As for bcjim…don’t wory about what he says. He’s a Vancouver Cannotts fan. ‘Nuff said!

    • nhlbruins90 - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      Bring him back, indeed.

      I thought bcjim was Boston College jim. Couldn’t figure out his digs at Marchand. But I see now, British Columbia. Should have known.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I can’t stand Marchand. And that’s why the B’s have to re-sign him. He does his job well and is made to help a team in the playoffs. Also have a new respect for him since he understands that what happens on the ice should dictate how you live your life outside the rink.

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