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.”