Peter Chiarelli not interested in trading Brad Marchand

It has not been the easiest season for Brad Marchand. The winger has struggled to produce, with five goals and nine assists in 34 games entering Thursday’s game, and has had multiple incidents of questionable judgment in the last week, with his antics in Vancouver and a boarding penalty against the Flames.

In the wake of Marchand mimicking kissing his Stanley Cup ring and then mimicking raising the Cup and kissing it during a loss to the Canucks last Saturday, his coach and general manager expressed disappointment in him.

But that doesn’t mean GM Peter Chiarelli wants him gone.

“Let me be clear on Marchy,” Chiarelli said here Thursday. “I saw some of the aftermath yesterday from my comments. I’m not trading Marchy. He’s a good player. I like the way he plays.

“He’ll figure it out, but when one guy struggles, the other guys unfortunately piggyback on those struggles. You need three guys really going. I don’t care what guys say about pairs, you need three guys going and contributing. That’s happening a little bit. But, as I said yesterday, he’s finding his way.”

And Marchand seemed to respond — though he said after the game he had not heard the comments — with both goals in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Sabres.

Chiarelli had said on Wednesday about the Vancouver incidents, “I talked to Brad and that’s all I’ll say. I wasn’t happy with it, but he understands.”

5 Responses to Peter Chiarelli not interested in trading Brad Marchand

  1. leafy says:

    I can see a large trade coming out of this.

  2. LN91 says:

    Interesting story:

    Andreas Johnson…2013, 7th round, and 202 Overall draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs wasn’t at the U-20 camp this summer for Sweden.

    However, his 14 goals, 8 assists, and +2 in 31 games for Frolunda (SEL/SHL)got him onto the team.

    Compare this to fellow high NHL prospects in Frolunda…He has been unreal:

    – Alexander Wennberg, 2013 16th overall by Columbus (31 GP, 12 G, 3 A, 15 pts, -2).
    – Sebastien Collberg, 2012 33rd overall by Montreal (25 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 pts, -2).

    Anyways, his play got him onto the top-line on Sweden and he just registered 3 points (2 G, 1A) in exhibition play to defeat the USA.

    With the likes of Tom Nilsson and Petter Granberg…The Leafs have done an incredible job at drafting Swedes with their later round picks the last few years!!!

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      That’s awesome, I’d never heard of him. Did you watch the game? Can’t find much on him other than he’s fast with good hands.

      Those are better numbers than other good young SEL players like Zibanejad and Silfvverberg when they were his age.

      Too bad he’s a midget. Maybe he’ll be one of those late round steals that really only fell because they’re so small. Odds are not in his favour with that size though.

      • LN91 says:

        I agree…But then again, Collberg is only an inch taller right? Listed as 5’10 and 170.

        I watched the game, he was impressive. His second goal was actually by crashing in front of Gillies and banging in a rebound. Good net presence.

        • mojo19 says:

          I watched that game as well. Johnson looked great!

          It dawned on me as well, there is a huge advantage to taking a Swedish prospect playing in Sweden because he can play in the SEL which is pretty much equivalent to the AHL. You don’t have to deal with sending a great prospect down to Junior where he’ll dominate or leaving him up in the NHL where he’s not quite ready. You can actually put him at an in between league.

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