Brad Marchand signs contract extension

The Bruins have confirmed that Brad Marchand has agreed to a contract extension. According to TSN, Marchand has signed a two-year, $5 million contract, giving him an annual cap hit of $2.5 million. Marchand will earn $2 million this season and $3 million in 2012-13. Marchand will be under contract and alongside his teammates when camp officially opens on Friday at TD Garden.

“From the get-go, I never was going to miss a day of camp,” Marchand said during a conference call. “I never wanted that. I wanted to be here the first day and show everyone I wanted to be here. I wanted to go through the whole camp with the guys and be part of the team. I’m very happy it didn’t have to come down to [a holdout] and that we could get a deal done before camp.”

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Marchand’s extension was framed primarily by the two-year, $5.75 million contract that Logan Couture signed with San Jose. Couture, one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy last year, scored 32 goals. Marchand scored 21 goals and had 20 assists.

“These deals coming off entry-level, they’re hard to negotiate on both sides,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “There’s an element where you don’t have a year of arbitration. They’re just sticky. There’s sticking points along the negotiations. We’ve seen some other players who’ve waited this long. It’s an area in the CBA where it’s a tough negotiating time for a player with that status.”

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