Marchand 'anxious' to get deal done with Bruins


Marchand 'anxious' to get deal done with Bruins

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Brad Marchand remains unsigned and anxious to get a deal done with Boston in the last few days before the start of training camp, and all signs point toward a deal getting done sooner rather than later.

Two years ago, when Phil Kessel sat in a stalemate with the Bruins over a contract, the Bs knew the sniper didnt want to be in Boston anymore and pulled all images of the winger from the video they showed season ticket holders at the State of the Bruins event at TD Garden.

But his time around there are plenty of Marchand plays on the video shown to the fans, and a source indicated to that the two sides werent that far apart in a protracted negotiation thats lasted through the summer.

One report stated that the Bruins were sniffing around on the trade value for the agitating winger, but Chiarelli indicated that the team was still doing everything in its power to come to an agreement.

Its neither contentious nor amicable. Its just a normal negotiation and its not done yet, said Chiarelli. Hes obviously a good player and a good kid, and we want to get him signed.

It appears the Wade ArnottMarchand camp are in the same neighborhood as the Bruins on a two-year deal for the restricted free agent that would be similar in term and money to contract extensions signed by Tampa Bays Teddy Purcell and San Joses Logan Couture. Marchand appears to be on target something in the two year, 5 million range once the two sides can finally formalize an agreement, but it doesnt appear that No. 63 will be allowed to skate in training camp if a deal hasnt been signed on the dotted line.

Thats something Id had have to discuss with the agent and the player, said Chiarelli. Were not at that point yet. Hed only be allowed to skate without a contract in camp if I allowed him to.

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend


Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

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