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Chiarelli says he’s not trading Marchand

Dec 19, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

Via Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards:

Yesterday, in case you missed it, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said he didn’t like what he saw from Brad Marchand on Saturday in Vancouver, where the 25-year-old Bruins’ forward mocked the Canucks by pretending to raise the Stanley Cup and kissing his ring finger.

Marchand’s antics also bothered his coach, Claude Julien.

And all of this comes after the Bruins shipped out young star Tyler Seguin in the summer, a blockbuster trade that led some to believe that Seguin’s good friend (and dancing partner) could be next.

Marchand is signed through 2015-16, with a cap hit of $4.5 million. With just five goals in 34 games, it’s not just his “antics” that have been criticized.

“He’s a young player still, and sometimes you have those seasons,” Chiarelli said yesterday. “He’s fought the puck a little bit, and he’s been at wits’ end a little bit. You can see he’s frustrated with the situation. I go back over his last six or seven games, and he’s getting his legs back and his hands back.

“It’s just about looking at it over an 82-game schedule, and figuring it out and being patient. Maybe he showed little signs of impatience in his game, but I think he’s coming around.”

Haggerty has more here.

  1. hockeydon10 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I’m no Boston fan but I must say this entire thing is looking more and more like making a mountain out of a mole hill.

    • thesportsjudge - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      PHT’s job is complete.

    • c9castine - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      dont blame it on PHT – its boston that is taking it seriously. and i don’t blame them. its really bush league and unprofessional to do what he did.

      its not so much the act but the behavior. this obviously shows a behavior trend with marchand where he lacks respect for pretty much anybody. and something like this, the coaches and managers are going to take as a lack of respect towards them as well.

      im not a fan of Boston’s organization like i am of Detroits, but they do demand professionalism. I believe when you do that it transcends into all parts of the business most importantly, the actual playing of hockey.

      5 goals in 34 games and ring kisses go hand in hand in the eyes of many.

      • nunan - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I think the point was Boston was never considering trading Marchand, yet it was being mentioned in the media for no reason. He’s struggling this season, makes a few gestures, and all of a sudden there is talk he may be shipped out. Like nothing he’s done in the past matters, only the first quarter of this season matters so it makes sense to deal him? Completely irrational and just dramatic reporting by the media in general. PHT never reported it, that I know of, until this morning when PC just squashed any rumors. That reporting is fine. Suggesting that he was on the block in the first place, would have been irresponsible.

      • c9castine - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        ok yeah i see what your saying thought you were talking about the whole issue in general.

  2. nunan - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Agreed. Nobody actually thinks the Bs are going to trade one of the most effective players when he’s on his game. It’s the dumbest argument since the ‘trade Lucic’ crazies came out last year. Look how that turned out.

    • elemeno89 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I agree. They can’t possibly give away assets before/during their prime. Marchand, Lucic, Seguin….. oh wait…. nvm…

      • nunan - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        So now they should just start trading all their assets when they struggle bc of one move which made complete sense? Irrational.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Key on the PK. Maybe playing with some of the injury call-ups will help rekindle the fire from last year

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    “those seasons” like as in a period of time w/in a hockey season? or is he already conceding his season to be a wash as a whole for him? i’ve heard “seasons” used as in “a season of your life” defined as a period of time of difficulty, hopefully thats what he meant. considering seguin had little benefit of the doubt and he was even younger, this makes for an interesting choice of words either way.

  5. pghpensfanprecrosby - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Marchand sneezes, Chiarelli holds a sit down meeting!

    • bakedbees - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      NEWS AT ELEVEN; Sid takes a dump, 75 “fanboys” line up to change his diaper

      • pghpensfanprecrosby - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        My comment was more about what PHT finds as “news”, and not so much about Marchand or the Bruins organization.

      • bakedbees - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        really? if that was true you would not have added the second part

      • c9castine - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        i think the real news would be your eagerness to break the news of sidney crosbys dumping.

        i mean really, do you need to follow everything he does? can’t the guy take a crap without somebody letting everybody know about it?

        hopefully your smart enough to get my point. if not, ill help you. he’s in the media because the media has deemed him a money maker, a topic that gets people to click links and generate ad revenue and interest in their media company.

        this website is a perfect example. wether its good or bad, if sidney crosby and the penguin are the topic, it gets tons of traffic.

        stop being a part of the problem.

  6. amityvillefun - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Marchand is a talented player; it’s his focus that is off. Watch the guy: he’s fast, crafty with the puck (when he’s not turning it over anyway) and gritty.

    I hate to say it, but Edwards nailed it when he called him a “ball of hate.” When he is on his game, he’s churning his legs, digging in corners and relentless on the puck. He was a big part of the Bruins success during the 2011 run and Bruins fans shouldn’t forget that “Marshmont” helped get them there.

    Marchand needs to focus that anger and energy into becoming a better player (like his buddy Seguin has done). If he needs to learn a little more class and tact, he needs to look no farther than his centerman, Patrice Bergeron.

  7. slaugin - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    He needs to be a healthy scratch. The Bs have waited to long to do this because the entire team is injured it feels like. It feels like he is just going through the motions. As long as the organization deals with his less then mediocre game he will continue to coast. A message needs to be sent and hopefully watching the game from up above will help him realize how lucky he is to be part of such a great sport. I like Marchand and I hope he finds his game again, he is still young so I hope this is just a slump he can work his way out of.

  8. ntvd7 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    When he’s on his game he’s a difference maker

    I wouldn’t trade this guy for having a slip, he’s still a kid in the league

    • c9castine - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      im not saying he should be traded but that excuse can’t work anymore.

      he’s played 4 seasons and change, and has won a cup and been to another. if you haven’t grown up yet when the hell do you?

  9. deezenucks - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Biggest plug in the league

  10. titansbro - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    I like Marchand too, but I’d listen to offers if I could do so discretely(likely not possible). If someone wants to make you a ridiculous offer for him then take it. Otherwise he stays. But I agree, they were never looking to trade him or even entertain the idea but for some reason PC felt the need to speak on it.

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