Bruins Re-sign Marchand
The Boston Bruins re-signed winger Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July. The annual average value is $6.125 million and comes with a full no-movement clause in the first five seasons, followed by a modified no-trade for the final three.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand gets a hefty pay raise on his new deal, up from $4.5 million per season of his current contract. As an agitating forward with good offensive skills, he’s emerged in recent years as a team leader and an invaluable veteran forward for the Bruins.
Marchand’s new salary is reasonable but the same can’t be said for the length of the deal. It will take the 28-year-old up to age 37. Given his physical style of play, it’s unlikely he’ll still be a $6 million player by the tail end of the contract. That’s the price of keeping a key player off the free-agent market.
The Bruins had little choice but to pay up to keep Marchand in the fold. He’s one of their most reliable offensive players and is also among the few remaining links to their 2011 Stanley Cup championship club. Having seen a steady departure of key players in recent years through trades and free agency for salary-cap reasons, they couldn’t afford to lose another important veteran as they rebuild their roster.