(CBS Boston) – The Boston Bruins have inked winger Brad Marchand to an eight-year contract extension worth $49 million.  The deal will pay Marchand an average of about $6.125 million per season.   TSN’s Bob McKenzie first reported the extension on Twitter.  The extension signs Marchand in Boston through the 2024-25 season and locks up one of the team’s core players and top offensive threats.

What a deal.  What a friggin’ deal.  Don Sweeney actually got it done and at the right time.  Before any distraction could set in, before it became a story that hung around like the Steven Stamkos deal did, before Marchand got cranky.  Nicely done on both sides here.

Now the Bruins have their leading goal scorer AND Patrice Bergeron locked up long term for about $13 million per year, combined.  That’s an unreal bargain.  Marchand definitely would have gotten more per year on the open market had he made it free agency but saddling up next to Bergeron for the prime of your career, and the Bruins having an extra 8th year at $6 million to offer over other teams, is also a pretty good gig too. This really works out great for Marchand who always wanted to finish his career in Boston.  It’s also great for the balance sheet.

Let’s drop the puck and get this rodeo going now.