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Is Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand An Elite Forward In The NHL?

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Can We Consider Brad Marchand As Elite?

Brad Marchand has had a great past couple of seasons. His was a bit rough around the edges in his first few seasons. Now are we able to put him in the Elite Category?

Last season Marchand had his best season with 37 goals and 24 assists for 61 points. In the previous years Marchand was known as the kid with great skill but could not finish. I can remember watch him skate through the entire team then get to the net and miss the net by trying to go “bar-down”, or he would jut put it right in the breadbasket. Also he would constantly take stupid penalties. Part of his game is to get under the other teams skin, but there is a line he would cross it too often.

He has calmed down and realized the Bruins are better off with him on the ice than off it. Since then he has developed into one of Boston’s best forwards we have seen in a while.  He has cleaned up his game a tiny bit since then. He has narrowly avoided big suspensions this season with two slew-foots.

Marchand is a good penalty killer as usually finds a way to score shorthanded. He is tied for second for most shorthanded goals among active players with 22 goals. Marian Hossa is first with 34 but Hossa has been in the league much longer.

This season has been another breakout year for him and it all started in the World Cup of Hockey. While playing in the World Cup he was able to play with two if the best passers in the world. The First was teammate Patrice Bergeron (chemistry was already there), and Sidney Crosby (arguably the best player in the world right now). Crosby would not be a hard guy to find chemistry with his skill. The Crosby line combined for the most points in the Tournament with 25 points combined. Marchy had 8 of them (5 goals, 3 assists) in only 6 games. Canada went on to win the Tournament.

After the tourney Marchand came back to the Bruins and started the season off hot. He had a cold stretch in there but his is at the top of his game right now. We can see that from of Monday’s 4 point performance.Three of those points came from his three goals. He is now tied for the league lead in goals with 35. Also Marchand in 4th in points with 74. He is the first Bruins to score 70 points in a season since Marc Savard did so in 2008-09 when Savard had 88 points. With only 10 or so games left we he be able to hit the 40 goal mark that e just missed last season?

Verdict

I have grown to realize that Marchand is good, alright really good. I still do not think that I can call him great until he brings me another cup. If he puts the team on his back and brings me a cup then I will say that. Yes that is a lot to ask for but that is what elite players do. Look at Sidney Crosby has brought two Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh and Patrick Kane who has brought three Cups to Chicago. These two players are also putting up 60 plus points a season consistently. If Marchy can do what he is doing this season for another two season I would say he is a definite yes for being considered elite. Right now he is on the bubble for me. I will say that he can be considered an elite Bruins winger.

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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