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Eakins: Bruins’ Chara promised he’d help Marincin

Feb 3, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Martin Marincin #85 of the Edmonton Oilers in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on December 31, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The 2014 Winter Olympics can be a lot of different things to different players. For Edmonton Oilers defenseman Martin Marincin, it’s a golden opportunity to learn from one of the game’s elite.

Marincin, 21, has only played in 19 NHL contests, but he’ll be making the trip to Sochi and playing for Team Slovakia with Boston’s Zdeno Chara. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has known Chara since 1999 when they were both at the Islanders’ training camp, so the bench boss has been playing matchmaker.

He’s been pushing Martin to bombard Chara with questions during their time together while asking the Bruins blueliner to help the youngster out.

“(Chara) said he’d spend lots of time with him,” Eakins told the Edmonton Journal. “Zdeno even texted me later, after we were on the plane, reiterating what he had promised.”

Among other things, Eakins is hoping that Chara’s work ethic rubs off on Marincin. At 188 pounds, the rookie defenseman has some room to grow given his 6-foot-4 frame. Eakins has noticed Marincin’s progress, but also feels his strength level has been an issue at times.

The time he spends with Chara probably won’t pay immediate dividends, but it could prove to be a valuable experience as he works towards the next phase of his career.

  1. stepanup - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    6′ 4″ and 188 lbs? Kid should buy himself a couple steak dinners, I think he can afford to get off the Ramen now.

  2. hockey412 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    No doubt Marincin will be targeting heads after the Olympics, then.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      But at least he won’t run and hide after the hit a la the cowardly Orpie.

      • hockey412 - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Orpik didn’t run and hide, az-hat – he was standing straight up with his back turned when the real coward jumped him from behind. He had already told Thornton, man to man, staring straight at him, to EFF OFF and play hockey, if he had a problem handle it within the rulebook, like Orpik does. I guess all those victims of the idiotic “knock-out game” are also cowards, by your incredibly deep line of thought.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Thornton repeatedly challenged Orpie to drop the gloves but he refused. If you’re gonna play a hard checking, physical style like Orpik does you have to face the fact that some teams aren’t gonna let you target (even cleanly) their skill players without a response. Was Thornton’s ultimate response way over the top ? Absolutely. His sneak attack was cowardly. As was Orpie’s refusal to engage Thornton. The “knock-out game” is about completely random and unprovoked attacks on complete strangers. There is little comparison to what occurred in the ice that night in Boston. I can only dumb down this argument to a 412 area level so much.

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