The saga is finally over, as third-year forward Brad Marchand has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Boston Bruins through the end of the 2012-2013 season. The deal is reportedly worth $5 million and was first reported by Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada.
Marchand, 23, was drafted in the third round (No. 71 overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins and has played parts of two seasons with the team. In the 2009-10 campaign, Marchand appeared in 20 games and registered one assist, a plus/minus of minus-three and 20 penalty minutes.
Last season, Marchand emerged as a legitimate force, scoring 21 goals while registering 21 assists for 41 points. In addition, he was credited with 17 created goals, a plus/minus of plus-25 and had 14 even strength goals on 149 shots and 1,077 minutes on the ice.
In the 2011 postseason, Marchand played in 25 games and had 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. He was on the ice for 419 minutes and had 61 shots on net. Marchand and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference at 4:45 p.m. EDT to discuss the extension.