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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Agent: Marchand, Bruins still in 'early stages' of contract discussions

By James Murphy

It appears that it could be a bit before the Bruins and winger Brad Marchand, a restricted free agent, agree on a new contract

“We remain in the early stages of contract discussions with the Bruins,” Marchand’s agent told ESPNBoston.com Tuesday morning.

Prior to the Bruins Stanley Cup DVD premiere in Boston on July 18, Marchand, who had a breakout season and became a local cult figure with his monster playoff performance and agitating play, told the media that he was confident a deal will get done.

“They know I want to be back here, and they want me back, so we’ll get something done,” said Marchand who had 11 goals and 19 points in the playoffs after a 41-point regular season.

One of the stumbling blocks right now could be length of contract as the CBA is set to expire in September 2012. Marchand and Arnott are sure to use the recent contract signed by another restricted free agent, Lightning forward Teddy Purcell, who had 17 points during the Lightning playoff run to the Eastern Conference finals, following a 51-point regular season. Purcell, 25, re-upped for a two-year deal that will pay him $2.36 million per season over the next two seasons. Marchand could be seeking a similar deal or maybe even more, hoping to parlay his success from this past season.