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BOSTON (CBS) – Fan favorite Brad Marchand will be wearing a Bruins sweater for the foreseeable future.
The B’s have signed the 24-year-old forward to a four-year extension that will run through the 2016-17 season, the team announced Friday.
Marchand’s contract will be worth an average of $4.5 million annually over the four years of his deal.
The 5-9 winger registered career highs with 28 goals and 27 assists in the 2011-12 season, just his second year in the league. His plus-31 rating was good for fifth overall in the NHL.
Marchand made noise as a rookie in 2010-11, tallying 21 goals and 20 assists in 77 games. He made a name for himself during Boston’s Stanley Cup run in the playoffs, ranking second overall in scoring with 11 goals in 25 games. He also recorded a rookie-best plus-12 rating and scored two goals in the Cup-clinching victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7.
For his career, Marchand has 173 games with Boston, registering 49 goals and 48 assists for 97 points, to go with 158 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, he has 12 goals and nine assists in 32 games.
Marchand was drafted by Boston in the third round, 71st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.