When the final buzzer sounds, the Stanley Cup is passed to the champion and the confetti gets swept away, we'll enter the silly season for the NHL. That's when rumors upon rumors will pile up in the leadup to the NHL Draft. This year could be particularly ferocious as there are several big names reportedly available via trade and they could start moving soon. One player who is unlikely changing zip codes this offseason, however, is Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
General manager Peter Chiarelli addressed recent rumors that Marchand could be on the move after a lackluster playoff performance in which he went goalless.
From WEEI.com's D.J. Bean:
“I have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don't make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”
The Bruins propensity to offload talented forwards after subpar performances, despite good years ahead of them (SEE: Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin), may have stoked the fire on this one. Marchand had a solid 53-point season, but posted just five assists in 12 postseason games as the Bruins were ousted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Marchand's abrasive style does seem more of a fit for the Bruins. Not fitting into the team's culture was often cited as reasons for ousters of Kessel and Seguin previously. Marchand also has three years left on an affordable $18 million deal that comes with a $4.5 million cap hit. If he was available on the trade block, the interest would be extremely high, but he still brings a lot of value to his current team.
The Bruins are expected to make some changes to the lineup this offseason, but they are unlikely to be drastic in the wake of a President's Trophy campaign in 2013-14.