Bruins’ GM gives major update on Brad Marchand’s future in Boston, finally confirming what we all expected

Brad Marchand was drafted in 2006 and has since become one of the most well-liked and prolific players of all time wearing a Boston Bruins jersey.

He’s played in over 1,000 games for the Bruins, and there’s rarely a dull moment with him.

Marchand won the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins, but he’s perhaps most known for his antics on the ice, being described as a rat more than anything. 

But Marchand has also been described as the perfect teammate, and everyone who’s ever played with him in Boston says the same thing: Few guys out there love their team as much as Marchand loves his Bruins.

Things perhaps haven’t gone as Marchand hoped for the last couple of years, with the Bruins not winning a Stanley Cup in 13 years.

But before this season, Marchand was rewarded with the captaincy after Patrice Bergeron retired.

BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 19: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins prepares for a faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on March 19, 2023 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

During his first season with the ’C’ on his chest, Marhcand has stayed out of controversies for the most part and has been praised a lot for his leadership skills. 

But there have also been rumors about Marchand’s future in Boston.

OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 25: Boston Bruins Left Wing Brad Marchand (63) before a face-off during second period National Hockey League action between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators on January 25, 2024, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire)

The organization has a lot to do with the roster this summer, and Marchand has been named as a player possible to trade.

But on Wednesday, Bruins GM shared his honest intentions for Marchand during the Bruins end-of-season press conference.

DALLAS, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 06: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by his bench after scoring a goal during the third period against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on November 06, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Sam Hodde/Getty Images)

And he confirmed what most people have expected, that Marchand isn’t going anywhere.

”He will be a lifelong Bruin,” Sweeney said.

Marchand has one year left on his current contract, and it’s unclear whether he decides to retire after that or if he decides to stick around. But one thing seems certain: We’ll not see Marchand in another NHL jersey.

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