Marchand continues to mock Canucks as Bruins deficit builds

by Dec 15, 12:25 AM

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand had already kissed his pretend "Stanley cup ring" in front of Canucks captain Henrik Sedin during Saturday night's game between the two 2011 Stanley Cup Finalists. But the Bruins agitator went back to the well one more time, making a show of kissing his ring again and then lifting a pretend Stanley Cup in front of Vancouver's  bench:

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The Canucks were up three goals by the time Marchand lifted his fake cup, and added a fifth goal shortly thereafter.

Dec 19, 1:12 PM

Peter Chiarelli: 'I'm not trading (Brad Marchand)'

by Dec 19, 1:12 PM

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli held court in advance of Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres, and clarified his earlier comments on Brad Marchand, saying the 25-year old forward isn't going anywhere.

Chiarelli reiterated the improvements he has seen in Marchand's game lately, and said it's only a matter of time before his line gets going.

Marchand is under contract with the Bruins until the end of the 2016-17 season, with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million. Based on Chiarelli's comments, it doesn't appear as though Marchand will be getting the Tyler Seguin treatment just yet.

Dec 19, 10:14 AM

Bruins' GM spoke to Marchand after Vancouver game, 'wasn’t happy with it'

by Dec 19, 10:14 AM

Brad Marchand continues to deal with the ramifications of his taunting actions in a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 14, as Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE "I don’t throw any of it out [because it was Vancouver]. I talked to Brad, and that’s all I’ll say. I wasn’t happy with it. But he understands."

In the greater context, the Bruins are concerned with Marchand's lack of production this season. His five goals and nine assists through 34 games put him on pace for near career lows, which only exacerbates his recent antics.

Chiarelli, however, has been encouraged by Marchand's recent play.

He’s a young player still, and sometimes you have those seasons. He’s fought the puck a little bit, and he’s been at wits end a little bit. You can see he’s frustrated with the situation. I go back over his last six or seven games, and he’s getting his legs back and his hands back. It’s just about looking at it over an 82-game schedule, and figuring it out and being patient. Maybe he showed little signs of impatience in his game, but I think he’s coming around.

Despite the lack of goals, Marchand is still helping to create chances. At even strength, the 25-year old has an on-ice shot differential of 18.99 per 60 minutes, good for third on the team among all forwards.

However, with only one goal in the month of December, Marchand might want to take advantage of a pair of pre-Christmas games against the Buffalo Sabres in order to restore further confidence from the organization.

Dec 15, 5:27 PM

Canucks' Sedin on Bruins' Marchand: 'Too bad he has to act like he hates us all the time'

by Dec 15, 5:27 PM

During Saturday night's game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins - two teams that contested the 2011 Stanley Cup in a memorable playoff series - Bruins forward Brad Marchand taunted his opponent's relentlessly. On two separate occasions the Bruins pest mimicked lifting the Stanley Cup, and also twice made a show of kissing his championship ring finger.

Beyond the outcome of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Marchand and the Canucks have a long history of enmity. Over the past few seasons the Bruins agitator has low-bridged Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo, and also notoriously punched Daniel repeatedly in the face with his glove on. 

Despite Marchand's antics, however, it would appear that the outright hate only flows one way.

"He's got no class," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin told Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province after Saturday night's game rather predictably. But then Henrik threw a curve ball, praised the diminutive forward's skill, and seemed to imply that if it were up to him he'd prefer a friendlier relationship: "I mean, he’s a great player; it’s too bad he has to act like he hates us all the time."

Dec 15, 9:21 AM

Claude Julien not impressed with Marchand's 'ring kiss' incident

by Dec 15, 9:21 AM

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien had some comments after Saturday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks regarding forward Brad Marchand's antics on the ice. Marchand removed his glove in the third period and proceeded to kiss his ring finger in the face of Ryan Kesler. He also appeared to mimic lifting the Cup in front of the Canucks bench.

"Sometimes his emotions get the better of him," Julien said. "The perception it gives our organization is not what you want to see with those kind of things. … From what I hear, what happened, that's definitely not something we will accept in our organization."

Clearly, Julien was not impressed.

Dec 14, 11:49 PM

Bruins' Marchand kisses 'ring' in mockery of Canucks F Henrik Sedin

by Dec 14, 11:49 PM

The Vancouver Canucks were up by two goals in the second period of Saturday night's game between Vancouver and the Boston Bruins, the two teams that contested the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. 

The Bruins emerged victorious from that series, you might remember, a fact that Bruins super-pest Brad Marchand was all to happy to remind Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin about.

As both players skated to their respective benches following a stoppage in play, Marchand made a show of removing his glove and kissing the ring finger on his left hand:

In doing so Brad Marchand achieved a high-level of trolling excellence.