Brad Marchand needs to be playing on the same line with Patrice Bergeron. Marchand has been off to a slow start so far this season, and it’s going to turn into a slow year if Marchand doesn’t start skating with Bergeron regularly again. Marchand has spent time on the second line with Bergeron and the third line with Chris Kelly. I understand why Claude Julien would move Marchand from line to line, and if he was trying to prove a point I believe the message was received. If Julien was just looking to provide a spark on another line you can’t blame him. He was doing his job as the head coach of the Boston Bruins.
If there’s one thing you can count on in Boston it’s that no one will ever be happy with any decision you make as the head coach of a Boston sports team.
The thing is Marchand needs to be skating with Bergeron. They have spent the better part of three seasons skating with each other. They know where one another is going to be, and they have chemistry that cannot be created overnight with new linemates.
It is going to take some time for Marchand, Bergeron, and Loui Eriksson to find true chemistry. Not only did the city of Boston expect Eriksson to replace Tyler Seguin, but they also expected him to match the point production on that line. Seguin was a pure goal scorer. He fit in with Bergeron’s play making ability and Marchand’s blue collar work ethic along the boards. We still do not know what type of player Eriksson really is. It has only been a quarter of the season, and he suffered a concussion for part of it. If you get a concussion it’s not the easiest injury to come back and play at full strength with. Let’s give him some time as well as this line.
I’m not Julien, but Brad Marchand absolutely needs to be skating with Patrice Bergeron.