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NHL Player Poll

The Athletic with their poll of the players with question like best player, game 7 SCF goalie and more.

I will concentrate on this...

Who is the dirtiest player in the league?

Now we come to the first question players were a little hesitant to answer. Some took issue with the concept of dirty players altogether.

“Nobody’s dirty,” a Pacific Division player said. “I know guys who are cheap. There are a lot of rats in the league. (Matthew) Tkachuk’s a rat. Brad Marchand’s a rat. But I wouldn’t call them dirty.”

Others disagreed and had lots to say about Marchand, in particular. Let’s go with a sampling from all four divisions.

“Marchand can do some shady shit.” — a Pacific Division player.

“Let’s go with Brad Marchand. He’s a little prick.” — a Metro Division player.

“It’s disgusting what the league lets Marchand get away with. He’s got no respect for anybody. Makes me sick.” — a Central Division player.

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Why the league lets Marchand especially get away with it (given how long he’s been doing it and how many dangerous cheap shots over the years) is the real question.

Is it Jeremy Jacobs?

Is It the Boston/NE market and that team’s historical rep (somewhat like Philly)
as a team that is supposed to have guys like that? And does the fact Boston has generally had a few very tough players protecting him made it easier for the league to avoid punishing him (as opposed to a player who didn’t have that toughness protecting him who would be badly beaten repeatedly if not punished more justly by the league)?

Is the fact he is also or can be a good player?

Is it marketing him as a guy fans “love to hate”?

It’s utterly disgusting how much the league and their media outlets go out of their way to constantly shove his truly repulsive face at fans. They are heavily marketing him and promoting him like few other players.

That could be Jacobs, catering to the Boston/NE market, and thinking that shoving him in our faces means more clicks, more views, etc. Like an advertisement on TV that you utterly loathe but that is hard to shake. Whatever it is there is no doubt they both promote him like few other players and have let him get away with murder.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/20/20 at 10:44 AM ET

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And yet if he were traded to their team would any of these players say to him ‘don’t try any of that crap when you play with us’? Unlikely. Marchand is enabled by his team-mates, captain, coach, GM, owner, and the league, any of whom could make him stop.

Posted by Moose Moss on 01/20/20 at 11:40 AM ET

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any of whom could make him stop.

Let’s be real, only one of this could make him stop.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/20/20 at 12:01 PM ET

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Surprised not to see Perry here.
Maybe behind the link.

Posted by Ventr on 01/20/20 at 12:54 PM ET

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No perry.  Tom Wilson.  Rest of marchand talk is all about his cheap little headshots behind the play and goalie slashing.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/20/20 at 01:32 PM ET

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42708127?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR2g0FgqOWd12xgbxu1bgSgI9sT_H1uspbqF5SS3xSABVIVPqGuubT6liE8

Ok I couldn’t resist.

“Rat” as a synonym for vicious, sneaky, cowardly, dirty, etc.
should be retired. It should be replaced in our language with
“Marchand”

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/20/20 at 06:55 PM ET

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Surprised not to see Perry here.

Posted by Ventr on 01/20/20 at 11:54 AM ET

Marchand is today’s Corey Perry. The player’s comment that Marchand is a “prick” is very much the way Perry was described in the past.

They both have one thing in common. They never, ever stand up for what they’ve done. They always skate away with a “Who me?” look on the face like they think video replay had never been invented. It’s their cowardliness that’s make them the living embodiment of the word “prick.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/21/20 at 01:19 PM ET

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