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Chiarelli on Marchand’s antics: ‘I didn’t like what I saw’

Dec 18, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

Chiarelli is, of course, referring to Marchand pretending to raise the Stanley Cup and kissing his ring finger Saturday in Vancouver.

Love or hate what he did (like the general manager, coach Claude Julien didn’t care for it), the Bruins were losing by multiple goals at the time Marchand was taunting the Canucks about 2011. On top of that, it’s not like the 25-year-old is enjoying a fantastic season, with just five goals in 34 games. That’s not great production considering he’s in the first year of a four-year, $18 million contract.

That said, Marchand was one of the Bruins’ better forwards Saturday in Vancouver. It’s entirely possible a little animosity helps his game.

There are limits though.

“Sometimes his emotions get the better of him,” Julien said after the game, per the Canadian Press. “We work with him and we are going to continue to work with him. The perception it gives our organization is not what you want to see with those kind of things.”

Haggerty has more here.

  1. nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Considering all the things people like to over-react to, this is harmless. He had just gotten into a scuffle with Kesler (including an eye gouge) so he taunted the entire team as he skated by the bench. Big whoop.

    • joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Will! If this is nothing then WTH did Chiarelli have a chat with him? To congratulate him for being immature and acting like he’s playing in a beer league. I don’t think so, nunan

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        …so you really are affected by this then? That’s your choice I guess.. You really think some harmless gesturing is going to affect the game, or the team, or anything else…okay Joe. Do you live and die with every ‘behind closed door’ meeting? This isn’t worth a second thought and like most fans, including you, nobody will be thinking about this in 2 days. Choose your battles.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-85qLSvztnQ (end of video)

      • slobberface - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Wouldn’t gouging someone’s eye leave some kind of mark? how do you gouge someone’s eye without doing any real damage?….I think it’s called a face wash………….. Why was Orpik breaking ” the code” when he didn’t fight Thornton after a clean hit, but Marchand wasn’t when declining a fight with Kesler after cheap shotting Salo?

    • jpelle82 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      dont know why you bruins fans continue support this assclown. it would be one thing if he was lighting up the scoreboard every night for you but he’s not, he just along for the ride these days. 4.5 million bucks a year so the gm or coach can just repeatedly have to defend him in the media every other night or work with him on the side like he’s some kind of troubled inner city youth. the organization is lucky he’s so small in stature and hasnt been able to really hurt anyone….yet.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        With the amount of overpaid contracts already given out by Chiarelli, this is nothing. I also don’t know why a player having a down season is some gigantic cause for concern. It would be different if he was 34 but he’s mid-20s.

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Typical emotional fan reaction. Completely short-sighted. If anybody lived by those ideals, players would be traded left and right. Lucic would have been dealt two years ago. Now look at him. Dominant. Marchand led the team in goals last year. He’s having a rough year. So what? You don’t give up on someone who clearly is a game changer when he’s in the zone. He puts up points and draws penalties. That’s why Bruins fans support him. Start thinking for yourself instead of coming to blind, short-sighted conclusions like that.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Jpelle- You may not like the guy and he isn’t having a great season, but he can play. He had 21, 28 and was on pace for 32 goals last year. 4.5m/year for a 25-30 goal scorer who kills a lot of penalties on a team that has enough to chose from with Kelly, Bergeron, Krejci and Campbell and Paille. He is streaky – he will end up with 25 or so goals this year.

        Although he has been making poor decisions this year, and turning over the puck a lot; his ability to skate with the puck and maintain possession has been unreal the last couple years.

        ” the organization is lucky he’s so small in stature and hasnt been able to really hurt anyone….yet.”

        what? He has played a pretty clean game for the last few years- really since the Salo hit. I know reputations stick, but it’s been a couple years now… He has cleaned up his game. He is a pest, but the dangerous plays are out of his game. The Monahan “hit” … NO, just no.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Like this.

        There aren’t many guys in the league that can keep control of the puck for close to 20 seconds.

      • pepper2011 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        @hockey flow – overpaid contracts? Peverley was about it, and I can see the logic in that. He is over a .5 PPG player and even higher if you remove the lockout and this year. He wins faceoffs and is solid defensively.

        I mean they have been to two cups in 3 years.

        Seguin? he is certainly living up to it now – the year it kicked in.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        I think they have a number of contracts where they’ve overpaid homegrown guys. Don’t read this as them being bad players, because they clearly are not. I think the Rask deal is absolutely terrible and will handcuff this team in a few years. The Lucic, Bergeron, Krecji and Marchand deals aren’t that great either; again all these guys are really good players so don’t read that they aren’t. They’ve lucked out with the salary cap rising a lot next year and being able to deal Seguin.

      • Moop - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        It’s not like he hasn’t been producing the entire time he’s been playing for the Bruins. He was very productive in his first three seasons with the team and led the team in points last season. If his slump stretches into a whole bad season, sure, let’s trade him if we get the right deal and we’ll get everyone off our backs for employing such a dirty player. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He does need to step it up a lot though if he wants to stay in Boston.

    • pepper2011 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      The B’s don’t seem to like to babysit.

      Given Eriksson’s health, Marchands antics (and cap friendly hit); I could see the B’s moving him

      Given the way he has played; this would not be the time to do it. If they decide to, I hope he goes on a run.

      Maybe to the Isles for Vanek towards the deadline?

    • joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I’m no more affected by this than what has been happening in the game since the start of the season. When it’s improper, then I call it. I won’t be thinking of what I saw in the Caps/Flyers game last night in 2 days either.

    • micasa81 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I agree that it’s not a big deal. I don’t agree that we should take as fact his assertion that he had his eye gouged. Considering:

      -There’s no video evidence
      -The area around his eyes looked perfectly normal after the scrum
      -Nobody else on his team complained about it, coaches or players
      -It’s Brad Marchand saying it

      It’s a bit rich to just unquestioningly build that into part of the story behind why he did what he did.

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        I don’t think players typically pull that out of their rear ends. And the fact it was Kesler with his hand on his face, I don’t doubt the eye gouge. Guy is a weasel. Didn’t have to be a vicious eye gouge but enough to piss someone off.

      • micasa81 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        “I don’t think players typically pull that out of their rear ends.”

        Agreed, but see my last point above. This isn’t a typical player we’re talking about.

        To be clear, I’m not arguing with you here because I’m out to get Marchand or the Bruins. It just rubs me the wrong way that you’re more than willing to go with some flimsy allegation that Kesler did something that, if it were true, would actually be much worse than what Marchand did. I mean, it just sounds like believing what you’d like to believe here.

  2. 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    So that’s now the coach AND the GM calling him out separately in public, both in the last four days – and on separate incidents no less. This guy is starting to look like more trouble than he’s worth. Good two-way player, decent scoring presence, but is the drama and dirty play worth it? Listening to Julien and Chiarelli criticize him, one has to wonder. I’m sure they hope that chastising him publicly will put him back in line, but he’s made headlines for bad hits and classless antics every season since he started. Marchand’s increasingly looking like he just doesn’t get the message.

    • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Ack. Nevermind. Clearly didn’t read enough. Both calling him out for his antics in Vancouver a few days back. Just assumed from the timing of this article that it was about his hit on Monahan last night. My mistake.

      • nunan - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        And Julien clearly supports Marchand given the comments he made today but that isn’t reported here.

  3. charastein - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Winning is the best taunt of all. Everything else is just noise.

    Marchand needs to focus on his game or he won’t be wearing the spoked B for very long. When the coach and the GM are ripping you, it’s a bad sign.

    In short, stop the nonsense Brad. You are a fast, determined, and skilled player when you are on your game. The antics and BS we can do without. With the Eriksson injury, Bergeron needs you to make that line work. Get your head out of your rectum and play hockey instead of making yourself look like an arse.

    This is the NHL, not the WWE.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      You do know the media asks these questions to shape public opinion, right? Haggerty is horrendous at; it’s so obvious. He’s decided he doesn’t like Marchand anymore so he will shape his articles to sway the pink hats because he’s considered an “insider”.

  4. runhigh24 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    They should probably also talk with Iginla about his ring finger incident and tell him it would be best if that doesn’t happen again in the future.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    What about Thornton? Do you codon his actions?

    • stepanup - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Obviously they don’t condone that. Nobody in Boston condoned that. Drop it, the 15 game suspension was handed down.

    • stepanup - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      For the record, you’re the kind of Pittsburgh fan that give the rest bad names. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf and not bury an entire fan base because of the idiocy of a few trolls such as yourself looking for a keyboard fight. I would bet those sensible Pittsburgh fans agree.

    • charastein - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      “Condone.” And no, we don’t.

  6. stakex - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Verbal taunting happens on almost every play in the NHL. Someone makes a couple little hand gestures though, and everyone loses their minds….

    Though, such taunting should be reserved for when you are winning, not getting blown out.

  7. pghpensfanprecrosby - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I like this site for all of the news that it has, but I would rather nothing be posted than worthless articles like this. I am obviously not a Vancouver fan, but if I was, I would not be at all intimidated by Marchand’s taunting. The way that he has been playing so far this year (5 goals?) would be like the bat boy for a baseball team trying to taunt.

  8. dumbassgreg - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    lol if they really did not like what he did they would sit him out a game. julien and chiarelli sound like parents out in the suburbs in the houses that look all them same. junior next time you do bas .we are going to punish you. meanwhile the 6year runs their house. people on outside know kid just needs a slap on the ass. then when he gets trouble he does not understand.

  9. slysipops - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    MARCHAND says: look guys it’s like this …LIKE IT OR NOT ………….

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