The Bruins and Brad Marchand have eliminated a number of worries by agreeing to a new two-year contract.
Boston doesn’t have to worry about starting the season without one of its top-six forwards, and doesn’t have to worry about doing this dance with Marchand’s agent again next summer. In the same light, the Bruins aren’t committed to Marchand until the end of time — unlike some teams and their young players — in case the pesky winger takes a turn for the worse.
Marchand won’t have to worry about getting a new contract next summer or, heaven forbid, deal with being in contract limbo should a lockout hit the NHL when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.
Prevailing opinion is that the Bruins got themselves a bargain, especially when you compare Marchand’s deal to similar players like Logan Couture and Teddy Purcell. Based on last season’s numbers, Marchand averaged 2.12 even-strength points per 60 minutes. According to Hockey Prospectus that’s a solid top-six total. In limited playing time, Marchand put up 4.3 power-play points per 60 minutes and he drew one penalty per 60 as well. However, he also took penalties at the same rate.
His Goals Vs. Threshold, another great indicator from Hockey Prospectus is 11.2. Only Tim Thomas and Milan Lucic were significantly better among Bruins players in that department.
So I ask you readers of TheBruinsBlog.net: