Free agency opens at noon EST Friday, and the Bruins and rookie winger Brad Marchand’s representative are taking their time getting together on a new contract.
Marchand, who just completed his three-year entry level deal, will become a restricted free agent.
“I am sure we will have some discussion with the Bruins after free agency begins,” Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott told TheBruinsBlog.net today via email.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli echoed that sentiment during a conference call today.
“We qualified him and we haven’t entered into negotiations yet,” said the Bruins GM, who noted that he also tendered qualifying offers to Providence players Andrew Bodnarchuk (Marchand’s longtime buddy) and Stefan Chaput.
By issuing a qualifying offer, the Bruins retain the right of first refusal against an offer sheet from another team. Offer sheets are few and far between because of the compensation a team would have to fork over if the offer wasn’t matched. Chiarelli has said in the past he’s prepared to match any offer sheet.
The Bruins’ non-tenders who will become unrestricted free agents, according to CapGeek.com, are Matt Dalton, Cody Wild, Zack McKelvie, Boris Valabik and Juraj Simek.
Marchand put himself in a position for a healthy raise with 21 goals in the regular season and 11 more during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup championship. The former third-round pick should see himself making north of $3 million heading into next season based on comparables.