Brad Marchand scored 21 goals as a rookie in the regular season last year, and added 11 more in the run to the Stanley Cup championship.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when he’s in a media environment, general manager Peter Chiarelli is going to be asked about the status of negotiations with Marchand’s agent.
Marchand is a restricted free agent.
During a conference call to announce the contract extension for Adam McQuaid today, Chiarelli seemed exhausted over having to answer a question about Marchand for the second time in four days.
“I’m just not going to comment every time I go to the media,” Chiarelli said. “There’s been discussions. We feel there’s been progress, and that’s where I’ll leave it.”
With the exception of Phil Kessel, the Bruins have never endured a holdout or forced-trade situation with a restricted free agent during Chiarelli’s reign, so right now there shouldn’t be too much worry that Marchand might take his trash talk, hand gestures and scoring touch elsewhere.