Jan 16, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) smiles from the bench after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Bruins defeated the Stars 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe Chiarelli Made the Right Move with Marchand After All

Jan 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-2 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Bruins seem to have finally figured out what they need to do to win without their defensive workhorse, Dennis Seidenberg. Since losing two games during their West Coast trip, the Bruins have ‘righted their wrongs’, and seem to have found their way. But it was not the fact that they took 3 out of 4 points against Chicago and L.A. in back-to-back games that has taken hold of the Bruins fan’s mind. In fact, the improved play of Bruins forward Brad Marchand has got everyone talking.

Brad Marchand’s night life status is a hot topic around Boston sports media, which has – by default – placed him at the brunt of trade speculation for over a year. Marchand has been nothing short of disappointing since his breakout year in 2011-2012. Marchand exploded for 28 goals and 27 assists, making him the Bruins-team leader in goals per game. However, after that season, Marchand’s production dropped, and the “Little Ball of Hate” soon became the topic of debate. Essentially, the question everyone was asking was whether he was truly ready to be an NHL player on and off  the ice.

Marchand’s slow start to the ’13-’14 season prompted the fans and media surrounding the Bruins to call for a trade involving Brad Marchand before it was too late. In early December, many reports about Marchand indicated that the Bruins were shopping the 25 year old winger. The departure of Brad Marchand seemed imminent at the time, and many were bracing for the deal that would take away one of the faces of the organization. Peter Chiarelli would not allow reporters any insight on his plans, if any existed, but did tell the media he had no plans of trading Marchand.

Nearly one month after Chiarelli denied any Marchand trade speculation; Marchand took the lead in shorthanded goals in the NHL, Marchand became the leading scorer for the Bruins, but, more importantly, Marchand seems to be revived. The player that every player in the NHL hated to play against, and caused controversial national attention nearly every week. Though the “old” Brad Marchand comes with a lot of baggage, the one thing Peter Chiarelli sees in his young winger is the ability to energize the team.

Maybe a trade still may be in order for a defenseman, but one thing is for sure: Marchand is back, and so are the Bruins – for now.

-Tyler Jones, Causeway Crowd

Tags: Boston Bruins Brad Marchand

  • beezskis

    Nobody with a clue was suggesting they trade Marchy.

    • Tyler Jones

      Does this ring a bell?


      It was almost inevitable that Marchand was to follow the Seguin path to another team. No production, why should the B’s waste their time?

      • beezskis

        Do you have a point? I obviously have a clue so Dale Arnold’s opinions aren’t holding a lot of water. Billy Jaffe seemed amused as you should be. There’s a big difference having to reign in Marchand from time to time and saying they should move him. You don’t need to write BS hyperbolic articles to get views. You don’t need to be just another sheep in the crowd. The story was dead when Chiarelli said it was dead and wasn’t a legit story before that. There’s enough hacky garbage out there…

        • Tyler Jones

          The story was minimal, but you can’t sit back and say the Bruins had never even thought about moving the player considered their only distraction at the time. I love the guy, and think when he is on his game he is one of the most entertaining agitators in the game. But when he is out at bars at 1 am every night there is some sense of carelessness about the guy. The brief piece I shared was supposed to look back quickly at even the thought of moving Marchand. That’s all. No need for you to try and look like a big shot and pick a fight.

          • beezskis

            I’m not a big shot by any stretch, nor am I picking a fight. Yes, I’m criticizing what I read but I’m not saying you’re a dick for writing it. There is no evidence of Marchand being out EVERY night. I’m guessing that pic was from his post-cup run, but out of context it means nothing. We should also delve into the definition of ‘distraction’. The B’s are a team of pros. But there is no denying that when Thorty was out of the lineup and Marchand was in his funk, this team had no jump, no edge, and no personality. For all his faults this team cannot afford to give up his spark, jump, and personality. It may have been a story in the minds of the Boston media, but I’m confident it wasn’t anywhere near that level for Boston’s brass.