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The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of Bradly Marchand

Brad Marchand is a dirt bag, but every team has its sleazy player.

I love how nobody else likes Brad Marchand except for Boston sports fan. Simmialrly to Brandon Gallagher or Matthew Tkachuk.

What you cannot deny is how reliable Marchand has been for this team despite the subtraction of players such as Tyler Seguin, Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson, and Milan Lucic.

Admittedly, it came as no surprise that he speared Jake Dotchin’s groin area last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s all part of the ugly reputation that he has built up for himself. Since entering the league in the 2010-11 season, he has faced discipline from the league 6 times.

Brad received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for leaping drastically over the line separating sportsmanship and Todd Bertuzzi or Marty McSorley. In response, the NHL Department Of Player Safety awarded him with a 2 game suspension. Which, is kind of laughable. Considering the two game suspension covers the remainder of the season. All but ensuring Boston’s most offensively reliable player will be 100% healthy for the playoffs.

Now, it can also be argued that the games between Ottawa and Washington are games in which Boston would need Marchand’s added offensive punch.

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Understandably so, the sentencing wasn’t welcomed with open arms by the Twitter universe. Many firmly believed he should have received much more of a punishment as rumblings of even one additional playoff game entering the final verdict surfaced from the rumor mill. With the idea being, making him sit for that playoff game would hammer home the point. That being said, you can score all the goals you wish, challenge the league elites for top spot in points, but you’ll never get the Sidney Crosby treatment.

Don’t get me wrong, Brad showed explicit intent to severely injure Dotchin. Not only should he have been thrown out of the game, he also should have had is block taken off by any member of the Lightning. But, you can’t argue that in order to get a reputation, you have to be repeatedly suspended for your actions on the ice. Keeping this in mind, Crosby didn’t face any supplemental discipline for the prior offenses highlighted above.

Inconsistencies don’t only exist in the NFL officiating, I suppose.

 

 

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Paying Their Dues

Priority number one for the Boston Bruins heading into the summer was finding a way to make sure Brad Marchand remained in Boston long term. Monday they accomplished just that.

After a spectacular 2015-16 season, in which Marchand found the back of the net 37 times and amassed 61 points in the process, it was speculated that Sweeney would have to write a sizable check in order to ensure ‘Marchy’ stayed in Beantown. That wasn’t necessarily the case.

While his 6.1 million dollar cap hit over 8 seasons is more money than I could ever dream of acquiring, it’s not ludicrous either. Especially with the new payday, he’s still not in the sphere of the top 50 highest paid players in the league. In the near future, I wouldn’t bet on that to change either.

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What’s noteworthy about not only his recent performances, but the contract itself is that Marchand is finally being recognized as the player fans in Boston know him for. Ever since his coming out party, in the form of the 2011 Stanley Cup run, Brad has been labeled primarily as an agitator or a pest. By all means he remains just that, but his style of play has evolved to a greater extent.

You don’t represent team Canada at any level, let alone the World Cup of Hockey, by accident. Underlining my point is the fact that he, teammate Patrice Bergeron and who many people believe is the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby have been on a line together all tournament, and produced at a startling rate.

Bottom line is that Cam Neely and Don Sweeney have swung and missed on so many young players in terms of contract negotiation that the Marchand situation feels like a victory. Regardless of whether or not he ever reaches the 37 goal plateau ever again. That being said, he is a mid to upper 20 goal scorer in his career up to this point.

Boston is going to need Marchand to tickle 30 goals a season. That is until players such as Frank Vatrano, Zachary Senyshyn and Jake DeBrusk have the necessary time to develop as full time NHL-ers.

Furthermore, that shouldn’t be an issue since the 28 year old is under contract until he is 37.

Future captain Patrice Bergeron should be happy to know that his long time line mate will be under contract until after he retires. From a fan standpoint, you should be happy as well. Considering the only reason David Backes came to Boston was because Marchand and Bergeron convinced him to do so.

After being dragged through the mud after the tire fires that were Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Alex Khokhalachev’s contract negotiations, it’s organizationally sound to see management get this done in Boston.

Make no mistake, impending free agents will see this deal and think positively about Boston. With 13 million available and with no major free agents in need of a deal, they will approach the trade deadline and free agency with big pockets and even bigger aspirations on getting this team back to the Cup Final.

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-Joe Russo (@JoeyRusso12)