The Boston Bruins only have antagonistic left winger Brad Marchand under contract for one more season before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
After a 37 goal season that only cost the Bruins $4.5 million against the salary cap, it’s hard to imagine that the 28-year-old Marchand will want anything more than a massive pay raise. Despite that, though, it sounds like the Bruins are willing to pay to keep him on board – and they’re willing to try and work out that deal before the upcoming season begins.
A report from CSN New England‘s Joe Haggerty suggests that team president Cam Neely is desperate to get something done between the team and their peskiest forward before the season begins:
“We’d like to get Brad signed. We’ve made that clear to him, and we’ve made that clear to his agency. I know Don has been working with their group to a get a deal done,” said Neely on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast. “We’d like to get something done before the start of the season.”
A third-round pick for Boston in 2006, Marchand has been on one of the most cost-effective deals in the NHL over the last three years. He’ll enter the fourth and final year of his $18 million contract this season, looking to hopefully put up another 30-plus goal campaign.
For Boston, that could make it hard to price him into their budget. The way things sound, though, the team isn’t as worried about that – they just want to make sure he remains an asset of theirs moving forward.
The regular season begins on October 12th.