With just a little over three weeks until the Boston Bruins open up training camp, restricted free agent Brad Marchand is still without a new contract.
Marchand's agent Wade Arnott and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli have been in negotiations since late June about a new contract for the second year winger. Arnott told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com that the two sides are still negotiating, but nothing is close to happening.
"I'm hopeful, but it's no sure thing," Arnott told CSNNE.com. "Discussions with the Bruins remain open and ongoing regarding Brad, but nothing is imminent." (via CSNNE)
Marchand was an instrumental part of the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup last season; scoring 11 playoff goals in 25 postseason games. The 23-year old has said he loves Boston and ultimately believes that a deal will get done that will keep him the Bruins.
"I have no idea right now ... what the numbers are or how long it's going to be," Marchand told Steve Murphy of CTV Atlantic during an interview three weeks ago. "Right now, we're just kind of getting into things. It's been a long summer and people have been on vacation and enjoying the Cup so we're going to start getting into it pretty heavily here and hopefully we'll get something done soon." (via CSNNE)