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by Alanah McGinley on 09/14/11 at 03:52 PM ET
From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:
How much the Bruins are offering and how much Marchand wants is speculation at this point. Nobody on either side will get into specifics publicly, but Marchand, by all recent accounts, wants to remain a Bruin.
While Marchand had an impressive NHL debut last season (21 goals and 41 points in the regular season, 11 goals and 19 points in 25 playoff games), he hasn’t been in the league long enough to justify $4 million per season.
If that is indeed what he’s seeking, he’s not going to get it from the Bruins, which sets the stage for a possible holdout and further trade speculation.
While talks with Marchand drag on, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported the Bruins are believed to have quietly opened contract talks with center David Krejci, who’s in the final year of a contract with a cap hit of $3.75 million.
Update 2:29pm ET: Marchand’s agent Wade Arnott tells ESPN that he anticipates a deal will be done today.
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