Speaking to the media via conference call, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid called the decision to take a three-year extension with the B's Thursday a "no-brainer," adding, "I really couldn't picture myself being with any other team or being anything but a Bruin."

The 24-year-old would have been a restricted free agent after the upcoming season, but this deal will keep him in Boston until 2015.

The Bruins announced Thursday that they have re-signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a three-year extension. McQuaid, 24, was entering the final year of his current deal at a $600,000 salary ($575,000 cap hit) and was set to become a restricted free agent at season's end. 

Brad Marchand's agent on Wednesday predicted that a deal will soon be done for the high-energy Bruins forward. Agent Wade Arnott told ESPN's James Murphy Wednesday afternoon: "We are closing in on a deal for Brad -- it will likely get done today."

A deal for Marchand prior to Friday would save both sides the headache of what would essentially be a holdout. Without a deal, the risk involved in showing up to training camp and potentially being hurt would potentially prevent Marchand from showing up, though he's participated in each veterans' skate.

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas took home a pair of ESPY awards, winning the award for Best NHL Player and Best Championship Performance.

Thomas led the NHL in both goals against average (2.00) and save percentage (.938) in a Vezina-winning regular season. His save percentage set the record for the best in a single season. He then posted a playoffs-leading .940 save percentage en route to winning the Conn Smythe trophy for the most valuable player to his team in the postseason. He also posted an NHL-best 1.98 goals against average in the playoffs. 

WILMINGTON  -- The Bruins 2011 development camp is in the books, and though the end result was a room full of sore skaters, the Bruins are happy with what they’ve been able to get out the five-day camp. They get a look at which players are in tip-top shape (quite a few) and which ones need work (Alexander Khokhlachev), while the players get to know one another.  



WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the team's development camp that there is no news to report with regard to contract negotiations with restricted free agent Brad Marchand. 

"We've continued to talk," Chiarelli said. "We've had some discussion, and we'll leave it at that."

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien discussed the Bruins' offseason moves and their prospects on the final day of development camp Monday. The B's lost Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle to free agency, replacing them with Montreal's Benoit Pouliot and Carolina's Joe Corvo. 

In the case of Kaberle and Corvo, Julien said the 34-year-old Corvo can help the power play, much like Kaberle was expected to when the B's sent a package of commodities (a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 second-rounder and center Joe Colborne) to Toronto or the defenseman.

WILMINGTON – Every player entering his first development camp goes through the same thing. Much like the first day of kindergarten or college, there’s far less familiarity and far more new faces.



WILMINGTON -- Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton is the second blue-chip NHL draft prospect in as many years to highlight the Bruins' annual development camp, as he was the star at Ristuccia Arena Thursday, a year after Tyler Seguin came in as the No. 2 overall pick last summer. Unlike Seguin a year ago, Hamilton is not expected to make the NHL roster this season, and figures to head back to Niagara of the OHL for a third season. The Bruins' defensive group is already more than full, with Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski a likely training camp battle for the seventh spot.

Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined Mut & Merloni live from the Pinehills Golf Club for a charity golf event benefiting Mark Herzlich's foundation. Orr discussed the Bruins' Stanley Cup run and offered updates on a couple of players his agency represents.