According to various reports, the Boston Bruins are growing tired of forward Brad Marchand‘s antics on and off the ice, and may deal him sometime in the near future.
In Marchand’s latest episode, when the Bruins were at the Vancouver Canucks, he imitated his hoisting of the Stanley Cup and kissed his ring finger just to tick off the Canucks players and fans, since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup back in 2011 in Game 7 in Vancouver.
Marchand’s trash talking would prove costly, as the Canucks were fired up and took it to the Bruins, resulting in a 6-2 Canucks win. After the game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien expressed some frustration towards Marchand, leaving Bruins’ writers and fans believing that his time with the team is nearing its end.
If you do not know by now, Marchand’s game is of an instigator, spark plug and grinder who pays the price in front of the net and knows how to light the lamp, something a team like the New York Rangers needs desperately.
However, he has been doing less of all of that this season so far. He currently ranks 13th on the team in hits, where he is usually in the top few, hasn’t scored as many as the Bruins have hoped, and instead of sparking his own team, he seems to be sparking the opposition. But he is still only 25 years old, a 20+ goal scorer (with five goals and nine assists this season, which is good for Rangers’ standards), and maybe he just needs a change of scenery to get himself going and get back to being that spark plug and energy guy.
So, with all of that being said, positives and negatives taken into consideration, should Rangers GM Glen Sather make a play for Marchand and send the Bruins an offer?
In my opinion, it doesn’t hurt to try and feel out just how much the Bruins are tired with Marchand. If they are really frustrated with him, then they could let him go for cheap, or cheaper than expected.
The bottom line is that the Rangers need energy, heart and scoring, and Marchand is all of that when he is on his game. The only thing is that the Rangers have to make sure that if he becomes a Ranger, his heart is in the right place.
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