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07 April 2016:Boston Bruins Left Wing Brad Marchand (63) [5756] brings the puck around the back of the net. During the Boston Bruins game against the Red Wings at TD Garden in Boston, MA. (Photo by Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)
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Bruins hope Brad Marchand extension is imminent

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.

Bruins hope Brad Marchand extension is imminent

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