The Boston Bruins and Brad Marchand have struck a deal on the eve of training camp, settling on a two-year contract.
The Bruins did not release financial terms. Multiple reports indicate the deal will be for a total of $5 million US, with a larger salary cap hit of $3 million in 2012-13.
Marchand in 2010-11 cracked Boston's lineup out of training camp and progressively became one of the team's most valuable players.
He finished with 20 goals and 21 assists in 77 regular season games, with five short-handed markers and a plus-25 rating.
"It's a great fit for both of us. I'm happy with the term," Marchand said. "We talked about a little longer [deal], and I think that was just more about a little more security.
"But I think this was just a perfect fit for both parties."
Marchand was second on the Bruins in the playoffs in goals as they went on to win the Stanley Cup, scoring 11 times and nine assists in 25 post-season contests.
The Hammonds Plains, N.S., native scored twice in the team's 4-0 victory over Vancouver in Game 7 of the final.
The five-foot-nine right wing was selected in the third round of Boston's highly successful 2006 draft. The Bruins chose Milan Lucic in the second round after taking Phil Kessel with their first round pick.
The 23-year-old spent nearly two seasons in the American Hockey League after a junior career that saw him win two gold medals at the world championships with Canada.
The Bruins begin training camp with physicals on Friday.
Marchand was among a a number of young Group 2 restricted free agents in the league. Still unsigned are Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Kyle Turris (Phoenix), and Luke Schenn (Toronto), among others.
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