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08:27 AM ET 07.19 | Peter Chiarelli insisted recently that signing Brad Marchand was among his top offseason priorities. The Bruins have the right to match any offer for Marchand, who earned a significant raise from his $821,667 salary cap hit last season. Initially considered a fourth-line scrapper, the 5-foot-9 dynamo manned the left wing on the second line, finishing with 21 goals and 20 assists. Marchand elevated to local folk hero status with 11 goals, eight assists and plenty of feistiness in the postseason. That should net him an annual salary in the $2-3 million range. ... [Said Marchand:] "We're confident something is going to get done real soon. ... We know something is going to get done. They know I want to be here. I know they want me here."

Boston Herald

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July 19, 2011  08:39 AM ET

11 goals, many of them game changers, and 8 assists. You have to wonder if the Bruins would've gotten the same production in the playoffs from Kessel had they kept him. I'll go on a limb and say no.

Sign him up, Peter.

July 19, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Petey's offered him 3.5 mil per year but Marchand is holding out for a nose full of nickels.

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July 19, 2011  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh, so he's coming to Toronto in a blockbuster? Yay.

No. Not even for a couple of firsts and a second....

Well, maybe.

July 19, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No. Not even for a couple of firsts and a second....

Well, maybe.

He's definitely not soft enough to play in To***to.

July 19, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Petey's offered him 3.5 mil per year but Marchand is holding out for a nose full of nickels.

Now that would foul up the cap management! :-)

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July 19, 2011  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Give us two weeks to work on him. We'll make a marshmallow outta him surely enough.

Dream on, Dano.

July 19, 2011  09:34 AM ET

He certainly deserves a raise! He elevated his game when it mattered the most.

July 19, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Give us two weeks to work on him. We'll make a marshmallow outta him surely enough.

Running the bus over him a few times certainly would tenderize him a bit.

July 19, 2011  09:56 AM ET

Sign him B's.

July 19, 2011  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh, so he's coming to Toronto in a blockbuster? Yay.

Argos, is that you? :)

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July 19, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Will get done, no worries

July 19, 2011  10:48 AM ET
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This guys the real deal..fast as hell with the balls of a 6-5 guy.SIGN HIM CHIARELLI!!He's friggin awesome.2.85 million times 3 seasons.

Yeah, that sounds about right, though is a hometown discount too as I'm sure he could get more on the open market.

Bs just can't sign him for too long of a term, though. His style of play does not lend itself to long careers.

July 19, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No. Not even for a couple of firsts and a second....Well, maybe.

Well. They don't have any 1st rounder to give away for the foreseeable future. So, that takes care of that rumor.

July 19, 2011  11:56 AM ET
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No. Not even for a couple of firsts and a second....Well, maybe.

We can't get too greedy. We already stole from the Leafs once. I'll go out on a limb and state that Seguin and Knight will be outscoring Kessel in the near future, and that Dougie Hamilton will be a fixture on the blue line for years to come. It speaks volumes that Kessel was the last player chosen in the All-Star draft by his peers.

July 19, 2011  11:56 AM ET

Hope he's not as soft as Horton proved to be on that hit from Rome.

July 19, 2011  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Hope he's not as soft as Horton proved to be on that hit from Rome.

Now I see why Hung doesn't like you.

 
July 19, 2011  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh, so he's coming to Toronto in a blockbuster? Yay.

Toronto has something to blockbuster with?

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