Boston Bruins winger, Brad Marchand, also affectionally referred to as “the Rat” or “Little Ball of Hate” in Boston, has signed a four-year contract extension with the team and will earn $4.5 million per season in his new deal. Marchand is entering the last year of his current two-year deal with the Bruins and is set to make $3 million this upcoming season.
Marchand was a key piece of the puzzle for the Bruins during their Stanley Cup run in 2011. The pesky winger would often get under his opponents skin, usually walking a fine line of engaging in after the whistle shenanigans, while trying not to spend two minutes in the penalty box. Everyone remembers his encounter with Vancouver Canucks captain, Daniel Sedin, during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals when Marchand repeatedly jabbed the Canucks captain in the face and Sedin did nothing to defend himself. Most feel Marchand should’ve gotten a two minute penalty for it. Watch it here and judge for yourself.
Brad Marchand is more than just a nuisance on the ice however, he can score goals and put up points as well. During that Stanley Cup run, Marchand played in all 25 games for the Bruins while tallying 11 goals and 8 assists. Not bad for a kid getting his first taste of the grind that is the NHL playoffs and many of his goals were of the spectular kind, watch one of his highlight reel goals here.
This past season, Marchand played in 76 games for the Bruins and put up decent numbers while playing predominately on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. He scored 28 goals to go with 27 assists, for a respectable 55 points.
The new contract extension is a good deal for both sides, but could end up being better for the Bruins. Marchand gets financially security and the type of comfort that can only come from a long term deal. He also just belongs in Boston. He seems to love it there and the fans appear to love having him.
At 24 years old, Marchand should be heading into the best years of his career while maturing as both a goal scorer and instigator. He has a rare skill set of goal scoring talent and in your face instigator, that when he’s on your team you love him, but when he’s on an opponents team you love to hate him. Thats a talent that in my opinion is priceless and a lot of teams would overpay for, so at $4.5 million starting in 2013-14, that could turn out to be quite a bargain for the Bruins.
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