Marchand inks four-year contract extension.

The Boston Bruins have announced the re-signing of forward Brad Marchand to a four-year, $18 million contract extension, effective 2013-14. The average annual cap hit will be $4.5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand is in the final season of his current contract paying him $2.5 million, so his new deal is a tidy raise which anticipates continued improvement from the 24-year-old, who netted 28 goals and 55 points last season, and whose 11 goals in 25 playoff games in 2011 was crucial to the Bruins Stanley Cup championship.