Marchand 'working every day' on new deal

September, 13, 2011
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BOLTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand arrived at the organization's annual charity golf tournament Monday morning without a new contract, but he's hoping it will get done before the first official day of training camp on Friday.
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"We're working every day and hopefully something will be done before camp," Marchand said.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and Marchand's agent, Wade Arnott continue to talk.

Marchand, who is a restricted free agent, provided 19 points in 25 playoff games last season, including two goals and an assist in the Cup-clinching Game 7 victory in Vancouver.

"I am a part of this team and there's no reason for me not to be," Marchand said. "I want to be here and I want to show them I'm in shape and I'm ready to go this year. I'm just waiting to see and get it done here.

"I feel very good. I feel very strong. I'm very confident coming into the year. I'm hoping to build off last year and continue moving forward."

Following the 2009-2010 season, Marchand told coach Claude Julien and Chiarelli during his exit meeting that he would score 20 goals during the 2010-2011 season. He accomplished that and more, recording 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points in 77 regular-season games.

And, he wants a repeat performance in 2011-2012.

"That's the plan," he said. "You want to improve every year and you want to get better every year," he said. "And I'll keep my mouth shut this year. I don't want to shoot my mouth off."

Marchand plays with an edge and has the ability to aggravate opponents on the ice, and he's not about to change.

Despite not having a contract right now, Marchand's teammates don't want him to change.

"I'm sure they're going to get something done," Milan Lucic said. "It doesn't concern me at all. I know he wants to remain a Bruin and that's the main thing."

Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron agreed.

"We've talked a little bit about it and hopefully it gets done," Bergeron said. "I don't get into details with him because it's none of my business, but obviously he'll be taking part in camp.

"He showed what he can do and his confidence was beyond his years in the playoffs and the way he handled himself. The way he helped our line was huge and hopefully he's on my side again this year."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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