Bruins forward Brad Marchand happily discussed his new two-year contract along with general manager Peter Chiarelli Wednesday on a conference call. The restricted free agent had participated in voluntary veterans' practice prior to taking the deal, and though he would not directly answer the question previously, said he had no intentions of letting the contract negotiations prevent him from taking the ice for camp when it opened Friday.

The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have signed forward Brad Marchand to a two-year deal. 

Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada was the first to report the deal, which is said to be for $5 million. 

The Bruins' rookies fell to the Islanders' rookie squad Tuesday night by a 7-2 score at Nassau Coliseaum. The two squads split the two-game rookie series, as Boston was victorious in Monday night's contest.

Former Northeastern forward Tyler McNeely led the way for the Islanders, registering a goal and three assists for New York. Goaltender Anders Nilsson made 38 saves on the night, holding a shutout until the third period, when he allowed goals to Craig Cunningham and Anthony Camara.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Monday night that center Marc Savard's name will be on the Stanley Cup despite the fact that he played in only 25 regular season games last season (41, or one Stanley Cup finals game are required). The Cup will be engraved this week, with 52 names (including the players) allowed.

The Bruins' rookies defeated those of the Islanders, 8-5, Monday night at Nassau Coliseum. It was the first rookie game of the preseason, with another to follow Tuesday night in New York. 

Both Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight, the two players in rookie camp who figure to push the hardest for a roster spot, had two goals apiece for the Bruins in the victory. The B's also got goals from Dylan Hood, David Warsofsky, Yannick Riendeau and Carter Camper. 

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BOLTON -- While Nathan Horton suffered the most famous concussion around these parts of anyone not named Marc Savard or Max Pacioretty, the Bruins forward suggested at Monday at the Bruins' annual golf tournament that the seperated shoulder with which he played during the playoffs was jsut as limiting during the offseason.

"It definitely was my shoulder, too, as well as my concussion," Horton said. "Now I feel good, I feel a lot better than I did. … We still have another month before the season starts, so I'll be ready to go." 

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins' prospects have already seen a good amount of the Ristuccia Arena ice as the team holds both July's development camp and September's rookie camp each year. The former is a minimal-pressure affair, as draft picks come to town to get familiar with the organization, with some power skating sprinkled in for good measure. For the latter, the stakes are a bit higher.



WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton and goaltender Tuukka Rask participated in the Bruins' second veterans practice of the preseason on Friday, clearing up concerns regarding ailments with which the two had dealt.

Horton was coming off a concussion suffered in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals as well as a separated shoulder, while Rask had arthroscopic knee surgery over the offseason.

Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas and Benoit Pouliot have yet to participate in the veterans practices. The next session will be held on Tuesday.

WILMINGTON -- As Brad Marchand and the Bruins took the ice for their first veterans practice of 2011, he seemed to be the same No. 63 who earned a cult following as a rookie in the team's Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 campaign.



WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand was a somewhat surprising attendee at the Bruins' first veterans practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. The 23-year-old winger still does not have a contract for the coming season, as negotiations between the team and restricted free agent continue. 

"I'm updated every day," Marchand said of where things stand between the Bruins and his agent, Wade Arnott. "Every day that something happens, I'm updated, so I'm very aware of what's going on, but [Arnott]'s doing everything."