It looked like the Boston Bruins were going to gain a little experience and offensive firepower — well, it seemed like that for a few hours.
While a rumor circulated that a deal was brewing between the Bruins and the San Jose Sharks that would send Brad Marchand to the west coast in return for Patrick Marleau, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made it known that his scrappy ‘playboy’ winger would not be going anywhere.
In a CSNNE.com article by Joe Haggerty, Chiarelli made it clear that he has no intentions of trading Marchand. Chiarelli explained how he doesn’t frequently respond to comments on social media, but he wanted to shut down the speculation that Marchand was leaving the squad.
I don’t blame Charielli for responding quickly to the rumors. The trade didn’t even look good on paper.
It’s not that Marleau wouldn’t be a good addition for the B’s; he has been one of the most consistent players in the NHL for the past 10 seasons and was a longtime captain of the Sharks before Big Joe Thornton swam his way into the Shark Tank. It is not that the Bruins couldn’t use a player like Marleau; it is just that the 32-year-old brings experience and leadership when the B’s are in need of youth and speed.
Marchand, who is known for jawing at referees and for his party lifestyle, has earned himself the reputation of being one of the most disliked players in the league. However, the Bruins have gone to great lengths to back up their talented forward who has greatly contributed to the B’s success in past season.
While many reports have suggested that Marchand’s departure from Boston is inevitable, he still has several years remaining on his contract. Despite remaining off of the score sheet in his last 22 postseason appearances, Marchand has made a big impact on the Bruins’ offense since joining the club.
The 26-year-old isn’t afraid to stick his beak right in front of the net, and he has a habit of getting under the skin of his opponents. His grinder mentality is exactly the style of play the Bruins need to acquire, and his speed and scoring ability are two other reasons why Marchand should remain a Bruin.