Marchand signs with B’s through 2016-17

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Brad Marchand has signed a four-year, $18 million contract extension with the Bruins, the club announced today.

The 24-year-old sniper/rat has one year left on his current deal. The extension runs through the 2016-17 season.

Marchand is coming off an impressive 28-goal season – second on the B’s behind Tyler Seguin (29 goals) – but one that also saw him suspended five games in January for clipping Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.

A third-round pick in the 2006 draft, the winger scored 11 goals during the 2011 playoffs, helping Boston win its first Stanley Cup since 1972.