Friday, September 7, 2012

Bruins sign Marchand to 4-year extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to a 4-year contract extension. He'll make an average of $4.5 million per season.

The 2011-12 season marked Marchand's second full NHL season with the Bruins. The 5'9", 183-pound native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 28-27=55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguin's 29 tallies, and his plus-31 rating ranked fifth in the league.

In Marchand's first full season with Boston in 2010-11, he played in 77 games, notching 21-20=41 totals and 51 penalty minutes. He finished the season tied for third in the league with five shorthanded goals and recorded the second highest plus/minus rating among NHL rookies with plus-25. At the end of the regular season, Marchand received Boston's "7th Player Award," an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceed the expectations of Bruins fans during the regular season, as voted by the fans.

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