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10:08 AM ET 08.27 | So what's the hold-up with the Brad Marchand contract negotiations anyway? It's become the biggest -- and really the only -- question mark of the summer for the Bruins with so many pieces locked into place on the Stanley Cup winning roster. Normally the B's front office is excellent at taking care of lingering contracts early in the process, but Marchand's status has remained unresolved through the entire summer.

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August 27, 2011  10:15 AM ET

I've told you before his contract demands are too high.

He's waiting for a nose full of nickels.

August 27, 2011  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I've told you before his contract demands are too high.He's waiting for a nose full of nickels.

Judging by the photo Canuck, I'd say he's pulled something else out of that nose for the moment.

August 27, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Judging by the photo Canuck, I'd say he's pulled something else out of that nose for the moment.

and to take it one step further...he seems rather pleased with himself...but perhaps that has to do with the Museum of Science bus that he's riding on. Seems like a pretty short but mind you...

August 27, 2011  11:27 AM ET

short but=short bus^

August 27, 2011  12:08 PM ET

....Now HERE is an offer-sheet waiting to happen.

If Gillis were smart (not that he is) he'd find a way to turn this into the coup of the summer - Sticking it to the Bruins and adding scoring tougness into his flaccid line-up, by stealing the player who (arguably) hurt them the most in the Finals. The Nux have about $2.5 mil in cap remaining.

Though, I could also see Tallon (Panthers) making a play on Marchand - Not that he necessarily would (old-school type GM)...The Kitties (hypothetically) have $14.5 mil in cap to burn...

The Jets could also turn this to their favor - Having over $16 mil in cap remaining - Though I doubt Cheveldayoff would be bold enough to cause any waves, so early in his NHL tenure...

August 27, 2011  12:35 PM ET

Isn't he demanding a currency for cats and dogs?

August 27, 2011  12:37 PM ET
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Isn't he demanding a currency for cats and dogs?

Huh? Splain dis, please...

August 27, 2011  01:31 PM ET

he's negotiating the same way he plays. love or hate him. he is exactly what he seems.

August 27, 2011  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I've told you before his contract demands are too high.

Being a major contributor on a cup winner has this magical way of making your value go waaaaaaay up...

August 27, 2011  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Being a major contributor on a cup winner has this magical way of making your value go waaaaaaay up...

I think Marchand's career has "legs" - I would be one of the last to say he's a one-year wonder. He plays a fundamental (and crude as it may seem; currently popular) type of game.

Unless the league sees a complete 180 - As it did in the post-lockout seasons of '05-'06 and '06-'07 - His style of game is going to enjoy some durability (provided he doesn't get his block knocked off, or finds himself in any sort of unforeseen trouble.)

In the current NHL climate, he looks like a "keeper". A sound investment.

He could turn out to be this generation's Claude Lemieux. Or, Darius Kasparaitis (at worst.)

August 27, 2011  02:10 PM ET

...As a Lightning fan? I would LOVE to see Stevie Y take a flyer on him - 5 years, $12 mil sounds about right.

Meh...what do I know?

August 27, 2011  02:40 PM ET

I still don't think he is sober enough to sign a legal document without it being voidable. I think Boston just has to give him the proper time he needs sober up after that one night at Foxwoods Casino.

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August 27, 2011  04:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

...As a Lightning fan? I would LOVE to see Stevie Y take a flyer on him - 5 years, $12 mil sounds about right.Meh...what do I know?

He would fit in nicely with what Stevie Y and Guy B have started to build there although I don't see Chiarelli letting him go anywhere.

August 27, 2011  06:49 PM ET
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I'd compare him more to Ken Linesman and a former Bruin from the 70's Johhny "Pie" McKenzie. Those two had similar size and similar games, lots of trash talking, lots of chippy play and decent scoring stats.

Word. Valid points you bring up.

August 27, 2011  08:48 PM ET
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...although I don't see Chiarelli letting him go anywhere.

Dunno 'bout that.

Granted, he hasn't the injury issues Kessel had, but when Phil dug his heels in and started playing hardball, Chiarelli (who made a quiet example of him, in Beantown) couldn't get his butt out of Boston fast enough.

I know: "Apples and oranges" - But Pete seems to be of the "my way or the highway" mindset. "If you don't wanna play here for what we're offering, don't let the door hit ya..."

It seems an awfully drawn-out negotiation for a player who (by most accounts) could end up being a journeyman. Yzerman didn't think twice about letting Bergenheim walk - And (had Sean not been injured, early in the ECF's) he was on pace to make some playoff magic.

Marchand's a great sparkplug and a double-threat, but he ain't no Tyler Seguin. (Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.)

August 28, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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Dunno 'bout that.Granted, he hasn't the injury issues Kessel had, but when Phil dug his heels in and started playing hardball, Chiarelli (who made a quiet example of him, in Beantown) couldn't get his butt out of Boston fast enough.I know: "Apples and oranges" - But Pete seems to be of the "my way or the highway" mindset. "If you don't wanna play here for what we're offering, don't let the door hit ya..."It seems an awfully drawn-out negotiation for a player who (by most accounts) could end up being a journeyman. Yzerman didn't think twice about letting Bergenheim walk - And (had Sean not been injured, early in the ECF's) he was on pace to make some playoff magic.Marchand's a great sparkplug and a double-threat, but he ain't no Tyler Seguin. (Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.)

You win Cups with guys like Marchand, not with guys like Kessel.

Marchant's agent probably wants a goodie Chiarelli doesn't want to give them.

 
August 30, 2011  11:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

and to take it one step further...he seems rather pleased with himself...but perhaps that has to do with the Museum of Science bus that he's riding on. Seems like a pretty short but mind you...

haha yeah

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