Brad Marchand has developed a reputation in the NHL for being a pesky agitator. But it sounds like Marchand wants to put those days behind him.
However, these competitive intangibles are also what make Marchand a valuable teammate-the way that he is able to get in the head of the Bruins’ opponents.
But it sounds like Marchand wants to reform his wayward style of play. In a press conference with reporters, Marchand said:
[I’ve] really toned it down a lot this year. I’m just too tired to do it now to be honest with you. It’s kind of gone up a little bit this year, but the refs are pretty tight on that stuff now, so it’s just kind of pointless. It gets to be more tiresome throughout the game than anything, so I’m trying to get away from that stuff now.”
“Well I had to do it to get in the league and I did it growing up. I wouldn’t change that, it allowed me to break into the NHL, and I’ll be forever grateful for that, but you need to evolve and change with the game the way it changes and the last couple years it’s changed drastically-the way the league is cracking down on hits and penalties.”
If the Bruins hope to make a solid playoff run next month, they will need Marchand-who is far and away Boston’s top goal scorer, on the ice, not in the penalty box, or at home with a suspension.