Entering this season, Marchand was entering his final year of his four-year deal worth $18 mil, but the Boston Bruins inked their gritty forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year deal today that would pay the 28-year-old Bruin $49 mil, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.com. He will average $6.125 mil a season, and If everything goes well for Marchand, he will remain a Bruin till the end of his new deal, which will expire after the 2024-2025 season. According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, his new deal includes a full no-movement clause for the first five years and a modified no-trade for the remainder of the deal.
With the length of the new deal, it would make Marchand a lifetime Bruin, which is special and he spoke about it by saying “I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play.”
Now, Marchand is a Boston favorite due to his style of play and leadership, but he feeds off of the support group he has by saying “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.” Not only does he puts the opposition into the boards and set a great example on how to play the game, but he is an offensive threat, as he scored 37 goals and assisted on 24 of his teammates goals. That brought his point total to 61 in 77 games. Those 77 games were tough ones, as he averaged 18 minutes and 36 seconds (18:36) on the ice, which was his highest in his career. Overall, it was a career year in general.
Interestingly, Brad Marchand and Sidney Crosby have built a dynamic duo at the World Cup of Hockey. They play for Canada. Crosby only had good words to say about his in-season rival, “I think the way he works on both sides of the puck. I think all three of us work hard to gain possession to create turnovers. He does that really well. He’s got a great shot. He’s got speed, a lot of different things. But I think just the way he competes every shift you know that he’s able to generate a lot sometimes from nothing.” Now, the ability to turn nothing into something helps him land this new deal as well.
Finally, the former 71st overall pick back in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has made a great career with more to come. He is a three-time All-star. So far in his career, he has 153 goals and 136 assists in seven seasons, all with the Bruins.
2016-2017 Prediction: 40 goals, 25 assists, All-star appearance.