It might have taken a little longer than everyone had hoped, but the Bruins have locked up Brad Marchand for the next two years.

Although a deal didn't come right away, the Bruins forward said that a deal was never in doubt. He said that he wanted to be back with the Bruins and that the Bruins wanted him back, something that both sides knew from the start.

Marchand said that the Stanley Cup celebrations and the team's crazy offseason also played into how long it took to agree on an extension.

Now that he's signed the new contract, Marchand is ready to defend the Stanley Cup this season. He said that he's well prepared and happy to be back, which is music Bruins fans' ears.

To hear more from Marchand, check out the video above from Bruins Face-Off Live.