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Marchand might be at risk for a suspension

Dec 17, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

Brad Marchand didn’t exactly delight his own team with his championship taunts toward the Vancouver Canucks last weekend. Now the Boston Bruins pest might be at risk of drawing the league’s ire, too.

Marchand received a two-minute boarding penalty on Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan on Tuesday, but some believe that he could also receive supplemental discipline.

Video of that infraction isn’t available just yet, but’s Joe Haggerty believes that a fine or suspension could be coming.

Marchand, 25, does indeed have a significant history for a young forward. He was suspended for five games in early 2012 and two games in March 2011 for different infractions.

Deep down, Marchand’s own franchise might actually believe that the struggling forward could use a little time to collect his thoughts. It remains to be seen if that happens.

  1. joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t think we’re going to see more taunts from the rat par excellence. Bs is a class organization, and they dealt with Mr. Marchand.

  2. nunan - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Christ…are we analyzing every hit that draws a penalty now? Haggerty (along with too many others) take the dramatic reaction to everything nowadays. Thankfully the people who make these decisions know this isn’t worth even a phone call.

    • thesportsjudge - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Haggerty is just awful. I avoid him and his “articles” like the plague.

      • nunan - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        You know what it is? There is a disconnect between writers/media-members and those who are actually playing the game. The best I can explain it is that these people who cover the game think everything that happens out there is intentional and some pre-meditated incident. 90% time, it’s not. But, they react like it is, and then write about how the league needs to look at it and it needs to be punished bc it is meant to injure someone or the player had bad intentions. is just ridiculously fast and it’s impossible to make completely safe. Marchand shoved wasn’t a body check, he just pushed him from almost a standstill. Monahan’s knees buckled and he went hard into the boards. Most of the time, nothing comes of that shove though. It happens, Marchand was penalized and that’s the end of it. Move on. All that skewed coverage is going to end up damaging the way the game is played.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        I feel bad for Haggerty sometimes, the guy is obviously so unaware of how bad he is, how bad his reputation is, and completely unaware of what makes for a good hockey writer. His takes are awful. His hockey language is awful. He uses “shot attempts” to make a player sound like he did more in a game that he’s buddies with (or thinks he is..), yet the shot attempts stat he gives has nothing to do with CORSI, FW, or any other advanced statistic..

        On to Marchand- Believe, theres nothing deep down about their dislike for him. He’s the worst player on the ice every night and I honestly believe the only reason he is in the lineup is to hope he does well enough to be able to get something back in a trade.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        He sucks so bad. I’ve had him blocked on twitter for so long because I got sick of his comments. He’s the reason I stopped reading too. He would just chirp people commenting on articles even though he was incredibly wrong and worst of all his chirps were never funny.

        I’ll never understand why former athletes don’t work as journalists. Hundreds of kids graduate from NCAA schools each year, why not try to scoop up former players with some insight? Writing isn’t very difficult and I guarantee there are a handful of guys on here who could write more thought-provoking pieces than any of the horrible writers we have in town.

    • hockey412 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      I wonder if it would be worth a phone call in your opinion if Marchand were the hittee and not the hitter…..

      Probably not. We all know Bruins fans are completely objective in their assessment of penalties for/against.

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        It’s poor form to throw a blanket over an entire fanbase in order to try and win an argument. Obviously, not all fans are objective…some do actually know a thing or two though. Who are you to say someone is not being objective just because you don’t like their stance? I am actually pretty conservative when it comes to league intervention, whether the ‘hittee’ is on my team or not. I think league intervention is a slippery slope and needs to be used with more caution. It is the weak, whiny fan that wants everything reviewed and is completely blinded by their own fandom. Maybe I can throw that ‘blanket’ on you, too.

  3. shaundre93 - Dec 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    THT : Tabloid Hockey Talk

    Where every penalty is scrutinized and its more important to stir the pot than report on good hockey

  4. joey4id - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    It was definitely a push into the boards from behind. Marchand followed Monahan for at least 5 feet before he shoved him between the numbers. Worthy of a review by Shanny, but probably won’t be a suspension.

  5. bsqesq - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Does this now mean Marchand has to fight the flames “enforcer”?

    • nunan - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      No..but he would fight if what he did was vicious enough. he wouldn’t turn down somebody in his weight your boy turned down dougie hamilton after he concussed someone.

      • hockey412 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        I’m not even sure that guy’s a Pens fan – never seen the screen name. Just an fyi…it’s not only Pens that think the B’s were off base in their actions during that game.

        It is funny though how the fans come out in groups to justify the team’s bad hits and crucify the opposing team when it’s a Bruin that is on the receiving end.

  6. muckleflugga - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM


    amen to that, brother…

    read this comedic uptake on commentary in the nfl…it speaks to the way in which games are brought to television generally…hockey is not immune:

    like the all-universe hype factory that is the nfl, even routine and simple events in hockey are becoming dressed with hyperbole on a scale suggesting the fate of the game and in all probability, the world, hangs in the balance…

    • ejbigg - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      ” becoming dressed with hyperbole on a scale suggesting the fate of the game and in all probability, the world, hangs in the balance…”

      Kind of like your posts on this site…

  7. Moop - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    So we’re supposed to believe that this will be a suspension based off of one writer’s opinion? I’m aware that Marchand has a dirty tendency, but sometimes hits are just worth the two minute minor penalties. The NHL’s emphasis on player safety and desire to remove dangerous hits from the game has led to a mentality where borderline dirty hits either get nothing or they get a suspension. There is a reasonable in between, people.

  8. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Haggerty is just trolling for hits, and he knows it. The fact that it works is irrelevant. It’s still base cowardice.

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM


    i’m not sure insight afforded former players or athletes would be any different…contemporary sports writers are constrained in no small measure by the medium through which they convey their ideas

    page length columns affording room to build a story are few and far between in an age moving to electronic media, itself playing to a readership weaned on fifteen second soundbites or television programming broken into twenty second scenarios layering into a four minute acts wedged between six minutes of commercials

    writers offering commentary designed to incite blogging need to address that audience, in point form, without latitude for expansive story…i guess our job in counter is to expand upon the story, on topic or not, such are the vagaries of thread…?

    my all-time favourite sports writers were jim coleman and jim taylor, they could spin a yarn worthy of the bard

    here’s a good chew…i doubt our venerable writers here in pht escaped this while in journalism school:

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      So you’re telling me knowledgeable writers who grew up with the game is not a positive?

  10. sclairebear - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Gregory Campbell call home!

  11. sabatimus - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I didn’t see the hit so I can’t comment as to suspension-worthy or not. However, two things 1) Joe Haggerty is a talentless hack who keeps searching for copy in order to be relevant; 2) Marchand needs to be benched–his play has been terrible and his antics are annoying. I used to find his shtick funny, but not anymore.

  12. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    …And I thought the Boston Bruins were Angels and didn’t play dirty? I’m completely shocked!!

    • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      haha..and you haven’t even seen the replay. proves your bias. no matter what the Bruins do, you’re going to cry about it, whether you’re informed on the issue or not. well done!

    • sabatimus - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:04 AM

      Any comments about Neal, by the way?

      • tomasdoughberle - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:38 AM

        Oh didn’t you know that Neal didn’t see Marchand until it was too late?

    • montrealbbr - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      The bruins are probably the dirtiest team going right now but the penguins are right behind them. I think its funny how boston and pittsburgh hate each others teams but in reality they are pretty much mirror images of one another. I mean they even wear the same colors!

      • hockey412 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Actually as a Pens fan I don’t disagree. Need to tone it down just a bit.

  13. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:52 AM


    droll, very…

    what dolt is this emerging from the peasant class, blessed with the perception and insight afforded a bag of hammers

    read the message in the message, you great bloody oaf…

  14. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:50 AM


    i’m not telling you or anyone else anything, in this comment or any others…i simply throw ideas out there and invite you to explore meaning and respond if you wish

    writers who’ve played the game of hockey have insights peculiar to their experience, even as writers who’ve never played the game are enriched in their offerings by their particular inventory of information and knowledge…

    the temptation is to presume a hockey player would be an inherently better writer on the subject of hockey than would a non hockey playing writer –on the face of it a reasonable hypothesis…

    read paragraphs four and five in the wikipedia link i recommended, and understand the notion of ‘content’ and what it means to ‘message’…

    my post attempted to rationalize the medium in which writers, and writers holding court in blogs, have had their medium altered dramatically with advent of electronic publishing…

    on one hand by the conveyance itself, the internet as accessed by anyone of any age over four operating everything from smartphones to desktop machines, and on the other by would-be receptors of the conveyance, on a global scale, altered in the rapidly evolving technology and by ideas duly conveyed…

    we transmit ideas at the speed of light to receptors conditioned to a fifteen second attention span by media and subject in the contemporary age; subject of hockey talk is of less consequence than is the means by which subject of hockey talk evolves in the moment, processed in mere seconds…

    we are not for instance, shocked by individual fights, hits, concussions, brutality and violence, but we are overwhelmed by the their sheer force in volume, conveyed relentlessly through the immediacy of the medium of broadband internet, layer upon layer…

    within minutes of an egregious hockey act, we’re all capable of witnessing and subsequently forming opinion and commentary on the act; as a collective, our thought processes borne on our own table of reference form opinion shared in a global forum, changing and morphing in the moment as transactions evolve…

    we as readers have effectively become part of the message, carried in a common electronic medium…

    the contemporary hockey writer is not mutually exclusive of his readership as were writers even five years ago, separated by time and distance; transaction between writer and reader in the present is immediate and often continuing on an evolving thread

    the contemporary hockey writer, blogging or twittering, is not afforded opportunity to assemble careful research while composing thought provoking prose wrought with mystery and hidden meaning as were jim coleman and jim taylor…

    the contemporary hockey writer is rather, a techno-wizard with fingers on the pulse of the game coming from hundreds of sources simultaneously…this while catering in the instant to an equally technologically sophisticated readership, capable of responding themselves in the moment and delivering four second rebuttal formed in eight seconds delivered at the speed of light

    [ in most instances ]

    good writers hockey or otherwise, regardless of the extent to which they enjoyed practical experience in a given game, are those writers who’ve adapted use of their medium to recognize the extent to which a readership has become an integral part of the message

    a wheel within a wheel a rolling, way in the middle of the air…

  15. montrealbbr - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Well well well what a surprise here. A boston player making a dirty play?

  16. charastein - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Call the police. They are sure to take you seriously.

  17. charastein - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    No mention of Chara’s two goals last night. But hey, feel free to bring up Marchand’s boarding call, because it was obviously a game changer.

    Bah. Chara on power play make big difference this season. Instead, PHT focuses on one boarding play that happens in just about every game. Chara’s two goals bigger story.

  18. wishingtonredslur - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Former athletes don’t make good journalists because they can’t right. It is exactly the same reason former journalists don’t make good pro-hockey players. If you want proof count the number of times they start sentences with “But” on this site and that is something you get taught not to do in grade 4. Then go out and find copies of the CP and AP style guides and understand when you should use one versus the other. Lastly, remember that there are two different kinds of English in North America officially.

    • dirt2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      What grade do they teach the difference between right and write?

  19. charastein - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Write, right?

  20. Recovering WS - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Marchand, Luccic, Thorton…all in the same WEEK…as I’ve said, Boston is a dirty, thug team. They keep proving it.

    • dboldave - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Yes, Lucic taking punches from some dude in a bar was just classless! He needs to bob and weave if he expects to be called classy!

      • Recovering WS - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Yeah, such a coincidence…the only player in the ENTIRE NHL attacked in a bar…ever….in the same week as Thorton, and multi-time offender Marchand…yeah, got it

    • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      You’ll deserve a response when you learn to spell. Otherwise, you’re clearly just a casual fan who doesn’t actually know anything.

      • Recovering WS - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        sorry I misspelled a name…but I think I know the game…and I know a thug team when I see it.

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        actually two names..

      • Recovering WS - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Geez, I’m real sorry about that. Yeah, that invalidates my point entirely. LOL.

        *rolls eyes*

        I’ll send it to the editor first next time.

  21. slysipops - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    was a time when almost all hockey players, played with integrity and maturity. in those days of lesser salaries a lot of guys were cowboys or rodeo stars in the off todays big bucks or else . a lot of so-so players make their mark ( and paychecks) being and playing like a$$holes! the more $hit they can stir up the more they are worth. is this type more favored with todays fans and society…porbably.

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