Marchand/By S. Bradley

Finding contract comparables for players is an inexact science, but the deal Teddy Purcell agreed to with Tampa Bay earlier this week piqued my interest with regards to the Bruins negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand.

Purcell and the Lightning were on the cusp of going before an arbitrator when they finalized a two-year deal worth a reported $2,362,500 per season, according to CapGeek.com.

Purcell is 25 (he’ll be 26 in September) and like Marchand enjoyed a breakout season in 2010-11 with 17-34-51 totals. It was his first full NHL season, but he had appeared in 91 NHL games over the previous three seasons.

Marchand, who turned 23 in May, racked up 21-20-41 totals in 77 games last season while working his way up from the fourth line to the second line over the course of the season. He added 11 goals in the playoffs.

As I mentioned, this is an inexact science and every player has different desires and teams have different hierarchies and put different values on players. But it would seem that Purcell’s contract would provide a reference point for the Bruins and Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott as negotiations continue this summer.