Apr 10, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (63) reacts prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Trading Brad Marchand Could Help the Bruins Next Season


Brad Marchand’s Trade Fine for Bruins

Available for 82 games and tallying 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists), Brad Marchand had a fine 2014-15 regular season. Marchand has excelled for the Boston Bruins in years prior, so the idea of parting ways with the 26-year-old may seem out of the question to some.

After an unfortunate postseason saw Marchand total no goals in 12 contests, several of which he failed to convert open chances, it appears sending the Canadian elsewhere could serve Boston well. You can’t nix a player just because of certain performances in a highly-pressurized playoff environment. But if the Bruins could trade Marchand  to give Chiarelli a specific option at defensemen, then a move may be made.

The key here, though, is the Bruins would require a defensive game breaker in their system, someone who’s very reliable anchoring a consistent, partially offensive line not only in the regular season, but also in the playoffs. That’s important: an offensive defender. Signing just another utility, purely defensive player like Andrej Meszaros wouldn’t do much to improve the Bruins as they stand now. Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe said that the B’s demand a blue-liner capable of moving the puck forward rapidly and effectively. It easy to agree with this assessment.

The lack of a first-choice offensive-minded defensemen seem to have plagued the Bruins vs. Montreal, as the Habs agility and quickness overpowered the Bruins, forcing a collapse of their usual disciplined nature.

MyNHLTradeRumors.com has detailed that Phoenix Coyotes‘ D-man Keith Yandle and Vancouver CanucksAlex Edler are likely trade probabilities for the Bruins given their current needs.

Yandle, 27, numbered 45 assists this season in Phoenix, and Edler, 28, had 22 points in 63 games for the Canucks. Both of them have values similar to Brad Marchand. Yandle’s worth $5.25 million per year, while Edler is good for $5 million annually. Marchand’s price falls in that range, as he is earning a $4.5 million salary.

Thus, from a financial standpoint, one of these trades makes sense. The Bruins have great depth at the forward position compared to many NHL counterparts, so losing Brad Marchand won’t crush the Black and Gold offensively.

You just don’t know the dependability of Edler as a defender. He notched the worst plus-minus rating in the NHL this year, with a minus-39 statistic. Then again, Yandle is only a slightly better option in that department, maintaining a minus-23 rating.

It’s about having these men facilitate an forward-thinking approach to the blue line, nonetheless. Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg (when healthy), and Johnny Boychuk fortify an aggressive, physically imposing group aiding goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Peter Chiarelli is now in the business of finding a defender able to offer speed over strength.

Tags: Alex Edler Brad Marchand Dennis Seidenberg Johnny Boychuk Keith Yandle Tuukka Rask Zdeno Chara

  • LaurieLacey

    “Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe said that the B’s demand a blue-liner capable of moving the puck forward rapidly and effectively. It easy to agree with this assessment.”
    Personally, I don’t understand Fluto’s thinking. The Bruins already have a puck moving D’man in Tory Krug – that’s the only reason he’s on the team. Otherwise, overall, Krug is small and a defensive liability. As well, Dougie Hamilton is coming on strong and has a good puck moving upside. If the Bruins move Marchand, they have to get a speedy winger in exchange. Charlie Coyle with Minnasota would fit in nicely. Coyle is faster than Marchand and is physical as well.

    • Duncan Day

      I think the Bruins could use another puck-mover, not to say that they already some guys like that. I don’t think Krug is the most efficient guy. You’re right with you’re Charlie Coyle thought. The B’s could go in that direction, too.

  • drinksometea

    Stupid. You want to break up the Bergeron-Marchand-Reilly line? You think offense isn’t an issue for this club? Think again.

    • Willy

      If they traded Marshy and lets say McQuaid and got a solid scoring winger in return then how would it be bad?

      • drinksometea

        That winger would have to be real solid. Marchand was a +35. He sucked in the playoffs and had slump, but even so. McQuaid–I like the guy but really, always hurt. Marchand needs to have the stupid slapped out of him. If nobody else want to do it–I will.

        • Willy

          I think alot of us would like to slap the “stupid” out of Marshy.

  • LaurieLacey

    Also, I’m wondering if the B’s might move Ericksson? If they keep Ericksson, they should try him with Bergeron and Marchand, and move Smith back to the 3rd line (At least to begin the season.) Ericksson’s getting a fairly large salary. You normally don’t pay that kind of money for a 3rd line winger.

    • Willy

      I think given the fact that 1. Eriksson had 2 concussions that slowed his adjustment to a different style of play and 2. that he performed so well with Soderberg, should buy him 1 more year to prove he’s a good player. As for the salary, you dont have to look any further than Kelly who makes $3m or more and is a 4th line player. In other words… dont worry about who makes what for money on each line.

      • bruinfan

        Eriksson is a good player and proved it in Dallas for many years. He has proved everything I need to know by what I saw on the ice not on the stat sheet. He won’t be on the third line next season anyway. He is a top six forward who could not play top six minutes because of the concussions. Him coming back after that second one tells of his toughness. Plenty of players would have closed up shop for the year but he actually cares and that is enough for me and should be enough for everyone.

  • Victorious Secret

    To trade for Yandle an offer would need more than Marchand

  • Willy

    I think you missed a couple of very important details when writing this article. 1. Marchand has been a Liability in the Playoffs the past 2 years & not Just because he isnt burying the puck but because he has created far too many Power Plays for the other team, potentially creating scoring opportunities for the other team. The second point is about Edler (or any player that you look at their +/- as a means to judging defense). Please, please, please learn how to read advanced defensive stat’s (like Corsi or Fenwick)before calling any one defenseman weak. Edler (who Fluto told us was the B’s target, not Yandle or anyone else) is a top 4 defender, is in his prime years and would be an excellent addition.
    As for who should stay/leave the team, the B’s MUST get faster, smarter and add a “finisher” or two. That may mean trading away Chara who has become far too slow. I know people think of him as untouchable but he isnt getting any younger or faster and makes a ton against the cap. I doubt the B’s trade him but they probably should. IMO McQuaid will be moved and possibly Marshy but that’s probably it and that wont be enough of a change to help them beat faster teams like Montreal…

    • Duncan Day

      You’re definitely right when you Marchand has created power plays for other teams in the playoffs and is a liability. Fluto did mention Yandle in his article, and Plus-minus isn’t going to say a defenseman is bad. It’s just something to take into consideration when you’re looking at a trade and you want to examine the player’s most recent season. In Edler’s case, he acknowledged he personally had a rough season this past year, as the NHL’s worst plus-minus man.

      http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Canucks+minus+master+Alex+Edler+Bottom+line+haven+been+good+enough/9738121/story.html

      • Willy

        That’s fine if Fluto mentioned him but I highly doubt Phoenix would trade Yandle so he’s really a non-factor, unless Fluto knows something we dont. The problem with mentioning a guy having the worst Plus Minus ratio is that too many people look at that as being weak defensively, so why would we want him? That just isnt the case, Vancouver was a poor team this season and most of the team was in the negative. It’s important to point out that there are many ways to measure defense and stats like Corsi and Fenwick are far more reliable at measuring these things, plus minus is not.
        I believe Marchand was a plus player in the Playoffs this year but we all know how little he did offensively, minus a couple of games where he had assists.
        In other words by saying Edler had the worst plus minus rate you’re basically saying he’s a stiff defensively, which would make fans not want him on this team, when in reality he would be an upgrade to most of the Dmen we have now.

        • Duncan Day

          I think Edler is good, don’t get me wrong. And when he’s on the Bruins, he should be fine because he will be on a better team. The plus-minus stat is really just a quick point to consider, as you look to see how Edler could get adjusted to being a Bruin (if the time comes) after a rough one in Vancouver with what was a lackluster squad.

    • bruinfan

      I know trade the whole team for the Canadians team problem solved. You sound as ridiculous as my trade scenerio.