Brad Marchand Signs Four-Year Extension With BruinsIt may be a somber time for North American hockey fans, but Bruins fans at least have something to cheer about heading into the second weekend of September.

The Bruins announced on Friday that the team has signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year
contract extension,
worth an average of $4.5 million annually through the 2016-17 season.

Marchand notched NHL career highs in goals (28), assists (27) and points (55) to go along with 87 penalty minutes in 76
games during the 2011-12 season — just his second full season in the NHL. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguin (29). He was also ranked fifth in the league with a plus-31 rating.

The 5-foot-9, 183-pound winger poured in 11 goals in 25 games and added eight assists en route to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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