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by Paul on 09/04/11 at 09:36 AM ET
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
In 12 days, Bruins veterans will report to TD Garden for physicals and fitness testing. Whether Brad Marchand will be among that group is uncertain.
General manager Peter Chiarelli won’t comment on contract talks, other than to say they are ongoing. Wade Arnott, Marchand’s agent, echoed that sentiment in a voice-mail.
With both sides declining to show their hands, here are three recent comparables - young forwards heading into their second contracts - that should set the parameters for a Marchand deal:
High: James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia, six years, $25.5 million….
Middle: Logan Couture, San Jose, two years, $5.75 million.
Low: Nathan Gerbe, Buffalo, three years, $4.3 million….
Using the three as comparables, Marchand should come in slightly under Couture. Expect a two-year, $5 million contract.
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