Should the Boston Bruins trade Brad Marchand…?


November 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins forward

Brad Marchand

(63) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

A team never wants to rush to judgment but then again the Bruins are expected to win with their payroll. With that said, should the Bruins try to trade Brad Marchand? Ever since the trade of line-mate and friend Tyler Seguin, “Marshy” hasn’t been the same player. At this point he has 12 points in 27 games, well off his normal pace. Last Season he finished with 18 Goals and 18 Assists for 36 points in 45 games.

Trades are never an easy thing, especially today with Salary Cap ramifications but not impossible by any means.

Rumors have surfaced that young star Forward Evander Kane isn’t happy up in Winnipeg. Could G.M. Peter Chiarelli come up with a package to acquire the 22 year old Left Wing?

Let’s play G.M. for a moment. The money needs to either be even or in the Bruins favor since their up against the Cap. So let’s look at the numbers.

Kane’s A.A.V. is $5.25M, Marchand’s is $4.5M, so even if their production is even the money isn’t. You also have to pay for the difference in age. Kane is only 22, Marchand is 25, he’ll be 26 in May. The Jets could use another LW on their Roster. As much as I’d hate to lose him, Danny Paille would most likely have to be included. I would try to include Jordan Caron (RW) as well ($640K). In return the Bruins could use a better quality “Depth” Defensemen. If the Jets would include someone like Adam Pardy (D) at $600k, then the money would be close.

So let’s break this down:

(LW) Evander Kane $5.25M

(D)   Adam Pardy $600K

= $5.85M


(LW) Brad Marchand $4.5M

(LW) Danny Paille $1.3M

(RW) Jordan Caron $640K

= $6.44M

Not only would the Bruins get a younger LW, better Depth in “D” but the extra salary relief (and the open spot) would allow either Ryan Spooner (C) and or Nick Johnson (W) the opportunity to play. Spooner’s speed could be a big asset and Johnson has the ability to score.

Let’s look at line probabilities:

  1. Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
  2. Kane-Bergeron-Soderberg
  3. Eriksson- Spooner-Smith (LW is the more “Natural” side for Loui)
  4. Thornton-Campbell-Kelly

Depth/Scratch FWD- Johnson

Defensive probabilities:

  1. Chara-Hamilton
  2. Krug-Boychuk
  3. Seidenberg-McQuaid

Depth/Scratch Def.- Pardy

*The NHL trade Deadline is 3/5/2014

So what do you think, would you make this move? Should the Bruins trade Marchand?