By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
ST PAUL, Minn. Brad Marchand has shipped back up to Nova Scotia after a respectable amount of Stanley Cup celebrating in Boston this past week, but things are still moving ahead on his next contract with the Bruins.
General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that the Bs have tendered the 23-year-old restricted free agent with a qualifying offer, and that Boston will be moving on a deal for the pesky winger quickly.
Weve qualified Marchand and well probably get on that, said Chiarelli.
Marchand has no arbitration rights this summer, so that means the Bruins still have a pretty healthy amount of leverage in the negotiations with a player that flashed with a 20-goal rookie season.
Marchand followed that up with 11 goals in 25 postseason games while forming a dynamite forward line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi and should be in line to a raise in the neighborhood of 3 million annually.
The Bruins have until July 1 to come to an agreement with Marchand as a restricted free agent and will hold his rights after that point but opposing NHL teams will be able to offer Marchand contract offer sheets starting in July if the Bruins cant come to an agreement. The Bruins would then have a choice to match the offer sheet, or lose Marchand to the team putting forth the offer sheet.