May 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) gets squeezed between Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) and defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins Trade Targets: Brad Marchand

One of the big names in recent trade talk has been our own instigator-in-chief, Brad Marchand. When it all boils down, there is a certain percentage of the fan base that wants to trade him. Why? Because he chirps a little too much, gets called for the occasional bad penalty, and has a record for embellishment. If that became the trade standard in the NHL, it would be physically impossible for the Montreal Canadiens to field four offensive lines (or three defensive pairs for that matter).

Let’s take a quick look at Marchand’s numbers and see if his recent performance warrants him being traded away by Boston. Did Brad Marchand have a disappointing post season? Yes he did. He only had five points in twelve games (no goals). He led the team in penalty minutes in the playoffs with eighteen. Were the Bruins organization and the fan base hoping for a lot more out of him? Absolutely. To be fair, this is probably the lowest Marchand’s stock has been in the last couple of seasons. So, why would they trade away someone whose value is low as it has ever been. (That being said, it’s still higher than about seventy to seventy five percent of the rest of the league.)

His career positives certainly outweigh last season’s liabilities. He has put in at least twenty goals in every full season he’s played in (and eighteen in the abbreviated 2013 season). His worst plus minus is a +23 (also in 2013). He’s consistent on the ice (penalties aside), and is known to make great scoring opportunities for the Black and Gold. Marchand is outstanding on the penalty kill and he led the NHL in short handed goals. In the end, the Boston Bruins will not trade Brad Marchand.  He’s totally in-sync with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith. I can’t see them getting rid of a key part of a highly successful line for the Black and Gold.  He’s very likely to have a twenty five to thirty goal season next year and he’ll have about the same in assists. It makes absolutely no sense to trade away that kind of commodity right now.

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  • Willy

    Did you mean to spell Marshy’s name incorrectly in your first sentence?

    • bruinfan

      It is spelt correctly. Brad Marchand. Know your facts Willy.

      • Willy

        He corrected but thanks for being a jerk!

        • bruinfan

          My bad. Relax no need to be so sensitive. Did what you did in correcting what I thought was a mistake.

        • bruinfan

          right here is were you were a jerk and I was joking with you and you had to attack right away.

  • The Chief

    I disagree across the board with your assessment of Marchand’s game. He is completely tradeable, and I expect him to be moved. He was a pest about 3 years ago and now he is a nuisance…to us. He is not very good on the PK as he only works to cherry pick for short handed attempts while Bergy and the 2 d-men cover the other 5 guys. When he was out there without Bergy, he was lit up. The scoring chances he creates a limited. Smith and Bergy spread the ice for him and he failed to capitalize. He should have 35 goals, not 25. The biggest problem, though, is his constant turnovers, misplayed pucks, lost puck battles, intercepted passes, missed passes and fumbling around. He fails to control the puck 8 times out of 10 that is gets near him. He because unwatchable this season. As other teams would love to have him, I say sell to the highest bidder and watch us win a cup.

    • Brian

      I disagree with your assessment. Marchand is very important to this team, is talent is undeniable. He has great puck control and I love the fact he can get the other team rattled up with his mouth. Sure he didn’t have a great playoff but to get rid of him would be a huge mistake. He represents the Bruins very well and as a die hard fan id be upset. I think fans & media focus way too much on the current playoffs then the regular season and previous seasons/playoffs. We lost Seguin, who might have never fit in with our team, but the type of player we are trying to acquire this off season is speed first players to match up well with teams like the Habs, well we had that player last year. I like Smith,Erikson and Morrow but Seguin is already that elite talent that can help a team go to that next level.

      As a Bruins fan I say we were just unfortunate to face a Habs team that was hungrier then the Bruins because if not we would of sailed right to the finals. I say we stick with the exact same team, because experience of playing together and having Seidenberg back will really help them. Maybe acquire a 5-6 dman with a 3rd to 4th line forward but I don’t see what else this team needs.

    • Guest

      Chief, you are right on with your assessment of marshy. The turnovers and misplays don’t show on the scorecard but astute viewers can’t bear to watch him. It would make a good drinking game, chug whenever Marchand does something stupid with the puck.