– When the Boston Bruins
' quest to defend their Stanley Cup championship commences in a little more than three weeks, health-permitting, they're going to have all of their weapons at their disposal.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made sure Wednesday that his team will open camp Friday with all the players he wants in the mix signed, as he agreed to terms with restricted free agent Brad Marchand
on a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million.
Marchand will still be a restricted free agent, under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, when this deal expires. More importantly, however, was that the mutual admiration between the Bruins and the 23-year-old Marchand resulted in amicable negotiations and finally a deal that prevented any sort of holdout situation.