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Mornin Line- Steve Buckley On Brad Marchand

I write these words as someone who as recently as two weeks ago thought the whole thing was goofy (to borrow Cassidy’s word) but otherwise harmless. What I didn’t know was that it was fast becoming Marchand’s calling card. And that became the problem: Once it became commonplace, it ceased being funny. It became boorish, embarrassing, to the degree that the NHL had no choice but to take the unprecedented step of issuing a no-licking decree.

The zero-tolerance policy that had been in place whenever Marchand is on the ice had been reduced to a sub-zero policy. Yesterday’s game was just 12 minutes old when Marchand was slapped with a 2-minute minor for embellishment. If you believe it was a ticky-tack call — and I’m guessing many of you do — it may have occurred to you that the real reason Marchand was whistled off was for licking Ryan Callahan in Game 4.

-Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald where you can read more on Marchand.

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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

If I was the rat’s teammate, I would have punched him myself. All that stupidity really took the wind out of their sails I think. It completely backfired on the rat. Seeing them lose was incredible. Enjoy your summer, Bs.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/07/18 at 09:41 AM ET

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Marchand really blew it.

2015-16, 37 goals, 61 points
16-17, 39 and 85
this year, 34 and 85

He put together 3 very good years and was gaining some positive attention.

But the latest episodes have put a sour note on him.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/18 at 09:46 AM ET

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Yesterday, Marchand got slapped down by the league and the Bruins got slapped down by the Bolts. Now all that’s left is for Boston to go home and lick their wounds – or they can just let Marchand do it for them.

But seriously, the guy has to have a screw loose somewhere to do the things he’s done. His antics make Sean Avery look like the poster child for civility.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/07/18 at 10:55 AM ET

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I can’t stand Marchand, but I also can’t stand players and coaches complaining about it.  Take care of it on the ice or don’t.  Tired of everyone waiting for the league to be the adults in the room and hand out some sort of punishment.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/07/18 at 11:08 AM ET

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Take care of it on the ice or don’t.

Yeah, when he goads you like that, punch him or slash him or crosscheck him. Take a penalty and put your team down a man. It’s the way he’s going to learn!

rolleyes

Tired of everyone waiting for the league to be the adults in the room and hand out some sort of punishment.

Yeah, why rely on the league to do what it’s supposed to do? Instead take care of it yourself! Get one of your players to do something stupid in retaliation. Vigilante justice! That’s what a smart team would do.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/07/18 at 11:35 AM ET

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Many of you know I get around the web on a daily basis and what I have found the last few days, many sites that would have never mentioned the NHL are picking up the Marchand licking.

Only one person to blame for this, Marchand.

Instead of writing about the VGK and other great stories, it is all Marchand, Marchand, Marchand.

Example?  NPR today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/18 at 11:40 AM ET

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Good player, poor attitude. smirk

Posted by bigfrog on 05/07/18 at 12:26 PM ET

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As I was speaking with my wife last night about him, I told her that as much as people hate Gudas for reckless, dangerous hits, etc….  there is something genuinely mentally wrong with Marchand and that’s far scarier.

There is absolutely no way this stuff he does on the ice is only limited to on the ice.  Reckless hits on the ice are on thing, because you’re not in situations like that in real life.  Marchand is making decision on ice that mirror real life decisions where you go “Holy $&#*(@” as what he chooses.

The guy must be an absolute skeez and creep off the ice as well.  I can’t think of much that might come out about Marchand off-ice that I would go “Oh wow, never saw that coming”.  Sure.  The guy crosses so many boundaries and lines already, why not?

His antics make Sean Avery look like the poster child for civility.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/07/18 at 10:55 AM ET

Avery was a narcissist and absolute attention whore.  It was all in the name of promoting himself.  That was always absolutely clear.

I think Marchand does this stuff solely because he has impulse control and it gets him off, and… that’s what’s really scary.  He’s wired wrong, and it’s not as explainable, nor is it something then that he can actually ever deal with.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 12:44 PM ET

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Marchand on Twitter today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/18 at 12:45 PM ET

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Take care of it on the ice or don’t.

Yeah, when he goads you like that, punch him or slash him or crosscheck him. Take a penalty and put your team down a man. It’s the way he’s going to learn!

Tired of everyone waiting for the league to be the adults in the room and hand out some sort of punishment.

Yeah, why rely on the league to do what it’s supposed to do? Instead take care of it yourself! Get one of your players to do something stupid in retaliation. Vigilante justice! That’s what a smart team would do.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/07/18 at 11:35 AM ET


Well, again, it just goes on without any real punishment.  I guess now they’ll have a licking penalty, but other than that, its been a slap on the wrist here, slap on the wrist there.  The NHL itself doesn’t appear to have much genuine concern over his actions.  Its been years of the same stuff over and over.  The two minute penalty (if that) you’d take for a punch in the jaw next time his tongue is out is almost nothing when you consider it how much he’s done and gotten away with it.  You’re more likely to get away with a low bridge or an elbow to the head then you are with a hook.  I say go for it.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/07/18 at 01:04 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Avery was a narcissist and absolute attention whore.  It was all in the name of promoting himself.  That was always absolutely clear.

I think Marchand does this stuff solely because he has impulse control and it gets him off, and… that’s what’s really scary.  He’s wired wrong, and it’s not as explainable, nor is it something then that he can actually ever deal with.

Posted by Primis on 05/07/18 at 12:44 PM ET

Absolutely right. Marchand needs to be in treatment, and, I do not say that lightly. He is forcing his unwanted bodily fluids (saliva) on another person, against their will. His actions are considered assault in some states.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/07/18 at 01:43 PM ET

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Here’s all you need to know.  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/brad-marchand-built-for-boston-bruins

Posted by dwgs on 05/08/18 at 02:56 PM ET

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