Joe Haggerty, CSNNE -The real question for Marchand the Bruins is this: when does the lack of playoff production and lack of discipline become something Boston simply doesn’t want to deal with anymore? The second line left winger has averaged close to 20 goals and 50 points over the last four seasons, and he’s still only 26 years old entering his hockey prime. But he’s also signed for the next three years at $4.5 million and holds legitimate trade value around the NHL if the Bruins need to free up cap space this summer.
If Chiarelli wants to mix up the core a little bit after a playoff letdown, then dealing a player like Marchand would be one of the more viable options. It would certainly free up needed cap space with players like Torey Krug and Reilly Smith looking for new deals, and any Marchand swap would bring back a significant talent return.
Is it worth it to cut bait on Marchand, or can things be salvaged for a player that hasn’t really helped the Bruins in their last three playoff series, of which they’ve lost two of them?
Lot of rumors regarding Marchand leaving Boston this summer. Honestly, I don’t know if I’d miss him that much. The B’s made out pretty well last season trading Seguin. Riley Smith turned into a great player, and all concussion problems aside, Loui look pretty well once he got going.
The other topic of discussion is Chara. I’d say he has few good years left as Captain, and then it’s time to sew that C on Bergeron’s jersey.
BTW, did the Canadien’s 7-2 loss make Bruins fan’s happy or sad? On one hand, it’s nice to see the Habs get blown out by the Rangers, but on the other, it perplexes you as to why the Bruins could do the same thing.