That he showed up in Boston for informal practices and even attended the Bruins’ charity golf tournament earlier this week even though he knew he’d have to field questions about his contract status everywhere he went was a sure sign Brad Marchand would get a deal done in a timely manner.
Now with training camp just two days from its official start, it appears that deal is done.
ESPN.com writer Pierre Lebrun cites sources today that confirm the Bruins have re-signed Marchand, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $5 million. That would still more than double his salary of a year ago, when he scored 21 goals as a rookie. Once this Marchand deal is official, the Bruins will have their 2011-12 team signed an intact for the start of their Stanley Cup title defense.