The Wait Continues

It seems the wait will go on, as the two sides have still not come to terms on a contract for cult hero Brad Marchand. Normally this wouldn’t seem all that disconcerting, as many rookies hold out for contracts they don’t nearly deserve, but this situation is quite different. I’m sure that as fans and armchair GM’s, we’ve prognosticated what should and will be done, and we’ve all got our own opinion as to why it hasn’t happened yet. But how likely are these scenarios?

The most likely explaination is that the two sides are slowly working the other until one is forced to give some kind of consession. From the Bruins front office’s point of view, Marchand is an exciting player, whose age and relative inexperience weighs heavier than his home town fan-following. From agent Wade Arnott’s point of view, Marchand is an exciting player whose burgeoning skills and ability to produce in the clutch will be a boon to the Bruins, or to any other team willing to pay him what he’s worth.

The question is what is he REALLY worth, and who stands to lose the most during the prolonged discussions? We all have our own opinions on whether he’s worth this amount or that amount, but in the end, there’s not much of a market for early 20’s pests who can score goals in a Stanley Cup Finals game seven victory… it’s just unprecedented.

Which is why as a fan, I can’t see why Boston doesn’t just swallow the pill and overpay. Even if you are overpaying for what you get from him statistically, the amount you get from jersey sales alone must be worth the risk. Besides, if he’s only as good as he was last year, wouldn’t you rather him playing for you than against you?

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15 Responses to The Wait Continues

  1. philippe ouimet says:

    This is surely not a good scenario….. to much time and frustration for both sides. In my opinion what ever the outcome……the relashionship has been tarnished.!!!!.

    • bruins4eva says:

      relationship has been tarnished?? come on dude….they are probably taking there time cuz they are celebrating the summer…relax…this has to get done and it will

    • Jefe77 says:

      That’s a bit rash….the deal will get done, and then Bruins fans will have to think of something else to worry about.

      Enjoy the Cup, for fucks sake! That’s what the team is doing.

  2. Mate Zvicer says:

    pay the kid, he has the potential to be a 30 goal player. He is more than just a pest, he showed some major passing, skating, and stick skills. He matured in the playoffs big time. 3 years for around 5 to 6 million.

  3. goosegoose35 says:

    OK OK relax it a tad. 3 years 5-6 million? I hope you are talking total contract and not per year…

    • CCMGoalie says:

      Apparently overpaying players for one season isn’t just a NY Rangers deal

    • goosegoose35 says:

      I love me some marshmont but he is not worth being the 3rd highest paid player on the Bruins. He is worth 1.5-2 mill a year. Hes a RFA so we do not need to overpay him. If someone wants to send in an offer sheet and its like 4 mill per, then sorry but bye bye.

  4. ELWOPPO says:

    He will sign for somewhere between 2.5 and 3

  5. Bruin$ 4 life! says:

    total subject change, did anyone see the NHL.com fantasy draft? The bruins got totally fucked over in that draft

  6. Craig says:

    Logan Couture signed two year extension for 2.875 per, Time to get Brad Marchand signed. Couture was calder runner up. So Brad 2.5 to 3.0 per.

  7. ELWOPPO says:

    As per Marchands agent-

    Arnott confirmed to CSNNE.com that talks are still ongoing with the Bruins, but they don’t sound any closer to getting a deal done despite training camp sitting less than a month away.“Discussions with the Bruins remain open and ongoing regarding Brad, but nothing is imminent,” said Arnott.It doesn’t appear that there will be any grand announcement during Marchand’s Cup Day parade in Halifax at the end of August, either. In fact, Arnott had an interesting response when asked if he was optimistic a deal will get done before Bruins training camp begins in earnest on Sept. 16.“[I’m] hopeful, but it’s no sure thing,” said Arnott, casting the slightest shed of doubt that Marchand’s signing is an automatic.

  8. Bob says:

    I don’t think Marchand has much bargaining power as a RFA. He has had one good season and a great playoff. Will he sit out? Possible. Will he get an offer from another team. Unlikely. B’s should offer 2 years at $5.5M total or 3 years at $8.1M total. That puts him into Couture range. B’s should not overpay since they hold the upper hand.

    Next year the B’s need to secure Krejci ($5M+ per year).

  9. Seguin>Hall says:

    Marchand is a Must-sign!

  10. The House says:

    I love the kid and love watching him play but anymore than 2.5 a year is too much. Let someone else sign him to an offer sheet, take the draft picks and wait B’s fans the cupboard is full. I live in Ontario, I watch the OHL all the time and just the prospects in the O alone, we are stacked for a long time. Spooner, Knight and Dougie H it’s looking good B’s fans. Mr Chiarelli knows his stuff.

    The kid needs to wake up a realize he could run that town if he wanted to. The extra money he will make in endorsments just in the Boston area is huge. Would he have those opportunities in Anahiem?

    Anybody seen Tyler Seguin lately, he is bulking up and going to be a force this year.

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