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Brassard says Marchand ‘doesn’t show any respect for his opponents’

May 25, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: An NHL player believes Boston’s Brad Marchand doesn’t play with respect for his opponents.

All right, you’re trying to stop us but we’ll keep going. This time around it’s Rangers forward Derick Brassard sounding off about the Bruins’ No. 1 pest and Larry Brooks of the New York Post brings you his airing of grievances.

“Sometimes he doesn’t show any respect for his opponents,” Brassard told The Post following yesterday’s prep work for tonight’s Game 5. “He’s been asking everybody on our team to fight all series, so I thought it was time to take him up on it, but then I guess he didn’t have any interest.”

Taking up any offer Marchand makes is the first mistake and Brassard bit hard dropping his gloves to fight him only to see Marchand skate away. He should be happy he didn’t get the Daniel Sedin treatment from him.

If you’re surprised by this report of Marchand’s antics, where have you been since he arrived on the scene? He’s a very talented pest and got approval from Pat Verbeek to be called the “little ball of hate.” Answering the bell to Marchand just means you’re doing exactly what he wants.

  1. sampulls - May 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Marchand is top 3 dirtiest player in NHL.

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Not anymore. Gone are the elbows and clips. His huge mouth and chippy play are still intact.

      The dirtiest ones now are the ones who still throw deliberate headshots. Guys like Rene Bourque, Torres, Carcillo, & Kaleta. Might as well throw Michel Therrien in here, since he was the guy who ordered his entire team to start cheapshotting.

      • mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Wow- that’s true. The dirtiest players aren’t the annoying ones who slew foot and spear anymore. Its the ones lining up key players half way across the ice and leave their feet with an elbow out. I hadn’t even realized that change had happened, but your right. The agitators are a joy to have on the other team in comparrison.

        It really has gotten bad…….

      • onearmdragon - May 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        At this point 75% of the players in the league have speared, face-washed, and sucker punched opponents. Especially in the playoffs.

        Actually if their not in contention for the Lady Bing, then they’ve probably pulled something this year. Never mind over a career.

        Let’s save the dirtiest player tags for those that try to take players heads or knees out. Torres, Cooke, Bourque, etc…

        Agitators suck, but every team wants one or two. Every team is guilty. Every GM is guilty. Same as every team wants a heavyweight to protect the rodents. It’s the system the NHL wants. Most these players make more in a week then any of us in 6 months, what would you do for $30K?

        Drama sells tickets and creates rivalries (Bergereon getting bitten in Van) . Fighting sells tickets, and therefore merchandise. NHL wants it, encourages it. Blame the system, if it wasn’t these guys. It would be a different set doing the same thing.

  2. mpops86 - May 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Marchand gets a bad rap. He runs his mouth but isn’t a dirty player.

    • gospitfires - May 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      are you being deliberately stupid or just a naive bandwagon playoff watching only bruins fan? guys been in the league what 4 years, suspended twice, had to pay fines, has a highlight reel list of dives, cheap shots and smack talk that he never backs up. this man is a coward and a loser who is despised everywhere but in boston.

      • atteckus - May 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Let’s get a little bit of objectivity here. First of all, one of Marchand’s suspensions, the low hit from last year, did not deserve a suspension or even an on ice penalty. The rule says that the hit needs to be at or below the knee in order to be a foul. Marchand hit the guy in the thigh. Shanahan was just doing his “politically correct” thing in assessing him a suspension.

        Second, Marchand does talk smack, but backs it up. He sticks his glove in guys faces all the time, and dropped the gloves with several of them. He had two fights in one night against the Habs’ D, P.K. Subban. And Marchand won both of them.

        Third, yes, he occasionally dives, but its nowhere near the diving of the Habs players. What do you want? The guy is generously listed at 5’9″, and he’s out there with monsters at 6’5″. He has to do something to equalize the playing field. You’d love him if he were on your team, potting 18 goals and as many assists in a strike-shortened season.

        Fourth, he rarely, if ever, takes a cheap shot. Yes, he’s a pain in the ass. But he takes his shots right in guys’ faces. You have to give him credit for being able to compete with the big boys.

      • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        If you’ve seen him play at all this year, he’s stopped the dangerous play.

        And as for talking smack and not backing it up, well, that’s gamesmanship. We love it when our team does it, hate it when the other team does it.

      • salmon90 - May 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        atteckus – your clamor for objectivity is hilarious considering your post!

      • habssuck - May 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Cant be too big a loser to have your name on the stanley cup…

      • mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Sure you can. Tim Thomas is on their, so…

  3. wisdomnfl - May 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Verbeek was also known as “the beak” for that incredibly large schnaz.

  4. billyhauntswizards - May 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    It’s just his job I guess. I hate Marchand as well but this was expected.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Brassard is a wuss. Try’s so hard to fight Marchand but when Thornton challenged you to a fight…..

    • billyhauntswizards - May 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      why would he fight Thornton? First he’s never on the ice the same time as Thornton. Second the big nosed rat has been running his mouth and instigating all series and not living up to it. Would it make sense if Patrick Marleau fought Shawn Thornton? It won’t?

      • bruins18 - May 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Did you just compare brassard to marleau??? Are you high?

      • drone501 - May 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        i guess im not the only dickhead on here who thinks he looks like a sewer rat lol

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Hate it when people say stuff like this. It’s always a fallacious argument. As if any skill guy should fight a non-skilled guy.

  6. FoozieGrooler - May 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    He has no respect for the game either…
    Marchand is Captain of the Boston Diving Team

    • stakex - May 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Worst part about it is that a lot of those actually drew peneltie, and I don’t think a dive was called on any of them. Biggest issue with the NHL right there.

      • JoeAvg - May 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Embellishment has been part of the game for a long time and it’s never going to go away completely but it has reached the point of embarrassment. Calling the dive itself will never eliminate it. The game is too fast and too much is going on for officials to accurately judge who is displaying a natural reaction to being smacked in the face and who’s milking it (hence the problem). Even with video replay it’s simply judgment assessing the reactions of someone who was legitimately fouled. But when the video shows that a guy was barely touched before he goes down like he was shot, or that a stick never touched his face before he skated away holding his mouth like he just lost several teeth, these players should fined. Heavily. When these Oscar nominees begin to see their paychecks dwindle, the acting will cease. This garbage goes beyond gamesmanship and players who commit these acts are simply insulting the league and it’s officials (whether or not they deserve such is an argument for another day). The NHL has enough problems that are difficult to find a solution to, it doesn’t need one who’s answer is so easy.

    • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      I find it so interesting that the guys who whine the most about other people supposedly whining … never seem to realize that they’re whining.

      If there’s one thing the Boston Bruins deserve credit for it was how they were / and are able to manipulate the media and general public into believing whatever narrative they want promoted. It’s beyond frustrating when you’re actually watching what’s going on and not just swallowing the sound bites and highlight reels … but effective as hell.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 25, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Stop whining

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Sadly, everybody dives now. Blame the league for not calling it anymore.

  7. cavafox - May 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    And Boston complains about Matt Cooke.

    • atteckus - May 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      How in G-d’s good name can you compare an instigator to a genuine career-ending thug? Marchand may be a pain in the ass, but he’s not out there trying to cause concussions, like Cooke was.

      • cavafox - May 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Ahhh… too easy.

        Especially with Boston fans…

        BTW, Cooke is going to get 2-3Mil from some team next year.

  8. bronxsanman - May 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Just a team of punks.Joe Thornton wants to fight a guy he outweighs by 50 pounds..Such a classy group.

    • drewzducks - May 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Hey imbecile. Thornton weighs 217 Brassard weighs 202. According to your math the Rangers haven’t won the Cup in over 60 years.

    • habssuck - May 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Wrong twice there. Keep up the strong work.

    • titansrbeast - May 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Lol Joe Thornton? Dude, you have the wrong guy AND the wrong TEAM. LOL seriously? Take time to read before posting man, jeez…

    • bbbruinz - May 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Hey Idiot, Joe thornton plays for San Jose. Shawn plawns for Boston. Do your homework before coming on here punk!

  9. bronxsanman - May 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    He he meant shawn Thornton .

    • odj810 - May 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      is shawn thornton some monster? he’s 6’2 206. who does he outweight by 50 lbs?

      • 19to77 - May 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        He had him confused with Joe Thornton, who’s 6’4, 235 lbs.

  10. mz1394 - May 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Anyone who compares Marchand to Matt Cooke obviously knows nothing about hockey please go to the soccer section and stay there

  11. banger60 - May 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    next time dont give him time to skate away, a swing anywhere near that elephant trunk will be a direct hit.

  12. johnstone17 - May 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Don’t talk about him, don’t indulge him. When you indulge him, your out of your game. Discipline boys, discipline.

  13. phillyphanatic77 - May 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Marchand is an annoying little weasel but he’s also a unique player. Not many pests in the NHL have the puck handling skills and scoring touch of Marchand. He’s a nuisance and he’s an all-star diver, but most would take him on their team.

    • johnstone17 - May 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Very true Philly.

  14. stratomaticfan - May 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Nice bit o’ jealousy. Brassard upset because he isn’t half the player Marchand is. Not only can Marchand get under the other guys’ skin (which he obviously has), but in 100+ fewer games, he has more goals, and his +76 (because he can play solid defense) dwarfs Brassard’s -39 career number. Marchand play PP, the PK, and has 30 goal potential. Brassard…a throw in as part of the Nash deal. Has he crossed the line? Sure. When you play close to the edge, sometimes you slip over a little. Doesn’t make him a dirty guy in Cooke’s league. Big difference between playing hard and getting carried away and intentionally going out to hurt guys. And watching, it’s obvious Brassard has done his fair share of trying to instigate a fight with Marchand. But Marchand knows it only hurts his team to trade his services for Brassard’s for 5 minutes. Funny when the shoe’s on the other foot and Thornton is willing to oblige Brassard’s desire to fight, he suddenly skates away because the relative importance to their team in a playoff game shifts the other way…..in addition to the fact that Thornton would probably beat him down.

    • billyhauntswizards - May 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      A few things:
      -Calling any player in the NHL jealous of another is just ridiculous
      -It’s not like he’s wrong, Marchand is a piece of scum who HAS no respect for the game
      -Brassard had nothing to do with the Nash trade, he came in the Gaborik trade.
      -Why the hell would Brassard fight Thornton? Brassard’s a real hockey player who takes regular shifts, not a 4th line plug.
      -Also, Dorsett and Newbury ALL GAME last game were trying to get Thornton to oblige, he wouldn’t, and they’re both smaller than he is, what does that say about him?

      • joeman26 - May 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        The Bruins players were told by their coach not to fight….the B’s 4th line is better than the NYR 3rd or 4th line….no fights

      • billyhauntswizards - May 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        doesn’t matter, if Thornton is instigating Brassard but wont fight actual pugilists he doesn’t have an excuse.

      • stratomaticfan - May 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        My apologies. My mistake. He was part of the collection of scraps that they brought in for Gaborik.

        You make my point. The same reason that Brassard would not fight Thornton is the reason that Marchand won’t fight Brassard. You don’t fight a guy who’s clearly not as talented as you are.

        Contrary to popular belief, Shawn Thornton isn’t a typical goon. Yes, he doesn’t have top 3 line offensive skills, but he is adequate defensively. He also doesn’t just fight for the sake of fighting. He generally does it in two scenarios….1) to give out on-ice justice to guys who mess with his players, and 2) to put some energy into his teammates or the home crowd. He rarely prods the other teams’ stars (like Marchand). If you watched most of the B’s games, you would realize this.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        It says they are about to close out the series and have no reason to fight at this juncture unless one of those goons does something so stupid you have to engage. Smart eh?

    • 19to77 - May 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Uh. Brassard was part of the Gaborik deal. Plus, he’s no throw-in, he’s a top-six forward and one of the Rags’ better performers in these playoffs.

      Also, he played years for the Steve Mason-era Blue Jackets. Marchand’s played his career in front of Thomas, Rask and the Boston defense corps. If you don’t think that’s the single biggest reason for the gap in their plus/minus ratings, you’re wrong.

  15. malkinrulez - May 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    mz1394 I agree Marchand has been involved in several dirty hits the last 2 years , while Cooke has changed his game

    • rickenpacker89 - May 26, 2013 at 5:38 AM

      Anyone who doesn’t believe Cook has changed his game, you haven’t watched him play in years.

  16. pitpenguinsrulez - May 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Marchand looks like a weasel

  17. colossal87 - May 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Can’t wait till Crankshaft busts up this twinks bony body.

  18. luciddream7 - May 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Brassard was not a throw in as part of the Nash deal. He was acquired in the Gaborick deal. I would have loved to see Brassard fight Marchand even though that weasel can fight a little and I’ve never seen Brassard fight nor does he look like much of a fighter. Probably why he didn’t fight that oaf Thornton.

  19. atteckus - May 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I’m terribly sorry, Mr. Brassard. I didn’t realize it was our obligation to “pump your tires.”

    • kitshky - May 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      You apparently also didn’t realize it’s time to move on and get some new material…

  20. northstarnic - May 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Can’t wait to watch the Pens turn this bruins team inside out. If Marchand is going to constantly talk, he shouldn’t be turning down any takers. Chump.

  21. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    People criticize Marchand for not fighting
    Someone Brassard’s size. Well, Brassard wont fight anyone his own size. If the shoe fits Brassard…

  22. drewsylvania - May 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Brassard said ““Sometimes he doesn’t show any respect for his opponents.”

    Sometimes. It might be a small point, but it’s par for the course for NBCSP to inflate every interview into a story.

    It artificially creates readership, which is great for the hits, but pretty pathetic overall.

  23. tampaskinsfan - May 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    He’s just this eras Matthew Barnaby. The Pens will be too busy scoring to worry about this pest. Ask Chris Neil how that tactic worked for the Senators.

  24. eaglesbest - May 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    First of broxanman you’re a moron because Joe Thorton doesn’t play for the bruins. Just like every typical Rags fan, always crying and whining just like their head coach. And who is Brassard to call
    out anyone. What’s he ever done in his career. He should probably just shut his mouth and play hockey.

  25. josef319 - May 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Just glad that “Little ball of hate” plays for Boston.
    Go Bruins!

    • habssuck - May 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Very true. Admit it you Marchand haters, you would love to have him on your team, and I’m sure I would hate him of he were anywhere else.

  26. cspsrbums - May 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Where Tfaltin and Anthonykornhieser with one of their stupid comments

  27. alwaysgame7 - May 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Fun stuff! If Marchand was on YOUR team how often would you complain? Never. Same way you never see Habs fans complain about PK Subban… If he were a Bruin how often would you see Habs fans complaining?

    Its all relative. I’m glad the guy plays for us but would probably hate him if he played anywhere else.

    It’s part of the game, if you can piss off a defenseman to the point where you get him out of position to create a scoring chance, that’s a positive thing for the team.

    Same way I don’t particularly like Dorsett, he makes continous hits on guys violently then tries to get them to fight. I know it’s his job though… goad a higher profile player into a fight to create better matchups for your team.

    Onto game 5

  28. mp1131211 - May 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Boston deserves this win. Rangers deserve this loss. They are totally off their game. Torts is a lost cause. Time to go home, clean house, come back next season and try again.

  29. adge84 - May 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    God your all just awful. Rangers win tonight still not excited. Need them to have the lead in game 6 for any shred of excitement to come from this blueshirts fan.

    • alwaysgame7 - May 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      As an outsider looking in, I think the Rangers should definitely dump Torts… His coaching just doesn’t fit with the talent on the roster.

      Anxious for game 5… B’s have a bad habit of not closing out series (see Toronto or Flyers a few years back).

  30. adge84 - May 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    *You’re for the grammar police

  31. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I would take Marchand on my team. He is a very good two way player, He can play on the PP or PK.

  32. thebigtim2012 - May 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Scoreboard

  33. jdvalk - May 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    All these years of Larry brooks being a water carrier for the Rangers to no avail.

  34. joewilliesshnoz - May 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Another bum that you won’t be hearing about in maybe 5 more games.

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