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by Paul on 01/14/12 at 01:57 PM ET
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
Credentials in place, let’s get to it: Does (Ken) Linseman believe (Brad) Marchand is qualified to carry his nickname?
“There have been so many times since my career ended where I’ve heard people being compared to me,” he said yesterday. “But he’s probably the first one that plays closest to me that also has really good skills. I think he’s a great player, and he’ll be a great player for years. So as far as being compared to me, yeah, I’m quite proud and happy about that because I like him as a player.
“At the beginning of last year,” Linseman continued, “I was watching him play on the fourth line and I remember saying to Ricky Middleton that I think he’s good enough to play on the first couple of lines. As the year developed, he emerged as a really, really good player. He’s the perfect fit for (Patrice) Bergeron and he’s the perfect fit for (Tyler) Seguin.
“I don’t think there’s any weakness at all. He has a great shot, he sees the ice, he never loses battles, he’s a great forechecker. I like it all.”
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