Are the Bruins shopping RFA forward Brad Marchand? Have they started contract talks with David Krejci? Read on for the latest.
OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch reported yesterday via Twitter the Boston Bruins, with no contract in place for RFA forward Brad Marchand and training camp soon to open, are “sniffing around” to find his value on the trade market. He subsequently tweeted, “For those doubting the Bruins shopping Marchand. Don’t.” Garrioch believes the gap between the two sides isn’t insurmountable but the Bruins want to see what they could get for him, adding Marchand has only had one good season so far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All reports out of Boston claim there’s been no progress to report in Marchand’s contract talks, but that he wants to remain a Bruin. It’ll be interesting to see the response from the local media to this report, as well as perhaps from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Marchand’s agent, Wade Arnott. While I will consider it possible Chiarelli might wish to see what Marchand’s value is around the league, ultimately I believe he wants to get Marchand under contract. Unless Marchand’s demands are unreasonable, I still expect him to remain a Bruin.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins have initiated contract talks with center David Krejci, who’s entering the final year of his current contract. Shinzawa suggested if recent history were anything to go by, Krejci could be re-signed before the start of the season, as that’s what happened with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron last year. With Marc Savard’s career likely done, Krejci would be in line to become their first line center for the next five season. Shinzawa ranks Krejci comparable to “second or third tier” centers like Nicklas Backstrom, Mikko Koivu and Mike Ribeiro.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could put his salary range as high as $6.75 million per season (Koivu) or as low as Ribeiro ($5 million per). I could see Krejci coming in closer to the latter number than the former.