Bruins sign Marchand to eight-year extension


The Boston Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension. The deal carries a $6.125 million cap hit.

The 28-year-old “little ball of hate” is entering the final year of his four-year, $18 million contract; he is now signed through the 2024-2025 season.

Marchand is coming off his best NHL season in which he set career highs in goals (37) and points (61), good enough for first on the team in goals and third on the team in points.

“This is an extremely exciting day for me and my family,” Marchand said. “I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me.

“I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.”

The contract announcement comes in the midst of Marchand’s stellar performance in the 2016 World Cup.

Marchand, who is skating on Team Canada’s top line with Sidney Crosby and Bruins teammate/linemate Patrice Bergeron, has three goals and five points through four tournament games. Canada will face Team Europe in a best-of-three series for the World Cup final.

The new contract contains a full no-movement clause for the first five years with modified no-trade clauses in each of the final three years.

Marchand has 153 goals and 289 points in 454 regular-season games, as well as 16 goals and 39 points in 66 playoff games, all with the Bruins. He scored 11 goals and 19 points in 25 postseason contests en route to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011.
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