BOSTON BRUINS’ BRAD MARCHAND SIGNS 4 YEAR EXTENSION, $4.5M PER SEASON
The “little ball of hate” is exactly that – one of the most hated players around the league, a diminutive forward who excels at pissing off every opposition player, with his mouth and with his scoring ability. Marchand is a terrific hockey player, fast-skating and skilful, and has emerged this year (only his second full season) as a player who can dominate pretty tough competition. His shooting percentage is something to watch – it was high at 16.8% this year, but it was 14.1% last season so he could be a high-percentage player; worth keeping an eye on as it may cause his goal scoring to regress slightly. I can only see Marchand going up from here, personally.