The buzz still hasn’t worn off for Brad Marchand.
A month since the Bruins [team stats] won the Stanley Cup, the rookie forward continues to find new ways to revel in the championship.
Marchand’s latest escapade was a pedicab ride last night with the Stanley Cup and teammate Andrew Ference to the premiere screening of the Bruins’ championship DVD at the AMC Loews Theatre on Tremont Street.
“It’s been wild,” Marchand said of the title celebrations. “I didn’t expect any of this. Just to be a part of it all is something special.”
The only question is if Marchand will be a part of the Bruins long term. The 23-year-old restricted free agent is the only major loose end the B’s need to tie up to complete their offseason.
The Bruins have the right to match any offer for Marchand, who earned a significant raise from his $821,667 salary cap hit last season. Initially considered a fourth-line scrapper, the 5-foot-9 dynamo manned the left wing on the second line, finishing with 21 goals and 20 assists.
Marchand elevated to local folk hero status with 11 goals, eight assists and plenty of feistiness in the postseason. That should net him an annual salary in the $2-3 million range.
B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli recently called re-signing Marchand a top priority and said there has been progress with negotiations, but otherwise has been typically tight-lipped.
Marchand doesn’t seem concerned.
“It’s a very busy time for everyone with the Cup and everything,” Marchand said. “We’re confident something is going to get done real soon. I don’t think either of us are worried. We know something is going to get done.
“They know I want to be here. I know they want me here.”
Marchand hasn’t spent much time worrying about his contract, leaving the negotiations in his agent’s hands. Instead, he enjoyed a weeklong celebration in the Boston area after the finals before returning home to Nova Scotia.
Marchand will get his official day with the Stanley Cup on Aug. 29. But he’s already had plenty of opportunities to take the trophy around Boston, which has helped him realize how much the Bruins’ win meant to the city.
“Everywhere we go, wherever the Cup is around, the place is packed,” Marchand said. “It just shows the support of everyone. It’s pretty special.”
If all goes according to plan, Marchand will enjoy that support for years to come.