If the saying is true, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s ear have been ringing constantly since his team’s playoff elimination in the second round at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Media members, fans and pundits have been discussing his on-ice antics during the postseason - added to his less than glowing reputation during the regular calendar - and many have questioned his future in Boston and image in the eyes of Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
There has been chatter of a potential trade due to the behavioural issues Marchand has shown ever since he started out in the league. There is a reporter from Radio-Canada, Martin Leclerc, who recently explained how Marchand’s ludicrous and annoying behavior on the ice could convince Sweeney to trade him this summer.
“Imagine what will be said about Marchand when GM Don Sweeney sits with his coach Bruce Cassidy and team president Cam Neely. Their team has just been eliminated even if it counted on one of the best first lines on the NHL. It is hard not to believe that the Bruins' efforts in the playoffs have not been constantly troubled by the behavioral problems of one of their best players. After all that has happened over the last few months, and considering the Bruins' culture, it would not be surprising if Marchand changed address during the summer."
Many other reporters and experts doubt Marchand is being honest when he claimed that he would take a look in the mirror and change his ways next season.
“I’ve got to cut that [expletive] out,” Marchand told The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa as he cleaned his locker out in the Bruins' dressing room.
Of course, it all has to do with Marchand licking veteran forward Ryan Callahan’s face from the chin up during Game 4 of the second round series.
Teammate Patrice Bergeron, a very well-respected player around the NHL, has had enough of hearing everyone getting on Marchand’s case and decided to come to his defense during a radio interview on the air of Quebec’s CHOI Radio X.
Here is what Bergeron had to say about his teammate, translated from French:
"I know he's not proud of that (...) It's often said that the players who are the least appreciated by rivals are the ones who are most appreciated by their teammates, it's not wrong with Brad.”
Maybe Bergeron’s comments will convince Marchand to truly change his ways. The gritty forward did admit to the Boston Globe that he was willing to change his behaviour on the ice, even if it meant recording 10 or 15 points less than usual.
Let’s see the impact of Bergeron’s words.