Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) lays on the ice after being tripped by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (not pictured) in the second period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Marchand trade should be on Peter Chiarelli's radar

The black and yellow spoked B is the only sweater Brad Marchand has worn since being called to the NHL for the first time in October of 2009, but is it time for a change? Well, statistics and common sense would say, indeed it is.

The fiery  5’9 winger has quite the reputation around the National Hockey League, but I’ll let you decide if its a good one. He’s one of those players fans love to hate, unless of course he is skating for your team. He has walked the line like Johnny Cash when it comes to questionable hits and plays, but with the help of the veteran core of the Boston Bruins he has, for the most part, stayed on the better half of that line. The combination of the agitator role, mixed with a deadly arsenal of scoring moves for goaltenders, has made him a household name for hockey fans. Things have been different as of late for ‘the little ball of hate’ however, with a decline in numbers, and a tendency to cross the line more often then not, it may be time for Marshy to be shipping out of Boston.

Marchand was a 25 goal scorer last season, however seemed invisible come playoff time, having no goals and a mere five assists to show for his 12 postseason appearances. He was also among many Bruins to lose their temper in the embarrassing seven game series against the Habs, ultimately leading to Boston’s elimination. Lethal scorers, as Marchand used to be, are hard to come by in the NHL, and with the Boston Bruins in desperate need of some help in the goal column, Brad might be the next casualty of the 2014 off-season.

Former Bruins first-liner Jarome Iginla found himself a new home in Colorado after signing a three year 15 million dollar deal. His departure leaves a gaping hole in the Bruins stable of forwards. A deal involving a young, talented player like Marchand could potentially cork that hole. With the loss of locker room leader Shawn Thornton, who more than occasionally kept Brad Marchand under control, Marchand will be more of a liability now than he ever has been. A change of scenery could work out best for both parties involved, much like it did for Tyler Seguin and the Bruins last summer. With a few minor line shuffles and a couple call-ups by Peter Chiarelli, Marchand’s spot will be filled by a more than capable player (possibly the recently resigned Jordan Caron). If the Bruins were to package Marchand with a couple promising prospects, they could get a first line forward looking for a cup contender as a new home. Not only would the move allow for a big name to come to Boston, but could also set the stage for a major signing, as Marchand’s contract is a 4.5 million dollar cap hit next season.

Marchand has been rumored in trades involving names like Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets, and any player close to that caliber would be exactly what the doctor ordered for the recovering B’s. Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin are the most recent examples of how a trade can change the direction a team is headed in, for better or worse. If the the Bruins do decide it is time to send Marchand packing, it would undoubtedly be a win for Boston and everyone involved.

Tags: Boston Bruins Brad Marchand NHL Trade Rumors Peter Chiarelli

  • Willy

    You may want to correct the line about Marchand being a lethal goal scorer, there’s some incorrect english in there.
    Im a little torn on trading Marshy but I agree they need to trade some of the extra LW’s & Dmen, hopefully using these extras to acquire a Right Shot RW. I worry that PC wont be able to make such a trade however.

  • Mark Gilbert

    he wasnt the only one who didnt produce in the playoffs,,, seems to me our defense let us down a whole lot more than anyone cares to admit during the end of Bostons playoff run.. sure it was due to injuries but that in turn easily could have been a direct carry over to the offense as well

  • LaurieLacey

    “With a few minor line shuffles and a couple call-ups by Peter Chiarelli, Marchand’s spot will be filled by a more than capable player (possibly the recently resigned Jordan Caron).”
    You must be joking – Caron? Caron’s not even remotely a replacement for Marchand. With Marchand, you’re talking about a 25 goal scorer and, possibly, a 30 goal scorer this season. So, if you trade Marchand to get a replacement for Iginla and his 30 goals, you’re left with a similar problem, in that you then have to find someone capable of replacing Marchand with his 25 to 30 goals. Unless you can swing a deal for Evander Kane or some young player of equal skill, Marchand stays. If you can get Kane, ask Marchand to waive his no-trade clause and send him in a package deal to the Jets. As much as I like Marleau, I wouldn’t trade Marchand for him. Marchand’s much younger. Kane, yes, but as I say, you wouldn’t get Kane for Marchand, alone.

  • John Tuttle

    He definitely needs to go as we are moving away from the nonsense of designated fighters and designated pests. His inability to handle the puck (no one turns the puck over more) and his laziness on defense, make him even less likely to stick around. He is overpaid at $4.5m per year as there are guys at $3m who are better for us now (Stepan, Foligno, Okposo, Granland) and in the future. WIth the $1.5m we save on him, we can sign Smith and Krug, who we really need.

  • NHLfarmteams

    First off, it is unlikely a player as selfish as Marchand would waive his no trade to go to Winterpeg. It’s a remote frozen tundra with lots of nice people but not a lot to do. Second, you’re dreaming if you think the Jets trade Kane for Marchand unless there are other “significant” assets involved. Those would include a first round pick and some very high end prospects. The problem for the Bruins is that Marchand now has a repeat offender reputation throughout the league and most teams don’t need the headache. The sound bites after incidents where Marchand clearly states how little respect he has for other players (and the rules) make him a liability and diminish his value to other teams. He would only be suitable on a team like the Bruins that is laden with veterans that can keep him in line. That isn’t Winnipeg and most teams that have that going for them don’t want a distraction like Marchand in their dressing room.