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Bruins extend Marchand for 8 years, $49M

Team Canada center Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his game tying goal on Russia with teammates Alex Pietrangelo (27) and Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period of a World Cup of Hockey semifinal game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension.

The team announced the deal on Monday as Marchand prepares to play for Canada in the finals of the hockey World Cup.

The 28-year-old Marchand, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, had a career-high 37 goals and 60 points last season. In seven NHL seasons - all with the Bruins - he has 153 goals and 136 assists.

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