Chiarelli: 'I'm not trying to trade Marchy'

Chiarelli: 'I'm not trying to trade Marchy'
December 19, 2013, 2:30 pm
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There’s clearly been plenty of talk about Brad Marchand given his “kissing the ring, kissing the Cup” actions in Vancouver last weekend, and his season-long struggles in the offensive categories for the Boston Bruins. But B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to clarify his comments on the Nose Face Killah when he indicated on Wednesday that he’d met with his winger to have a disapproving chat about his pantomimes to the Canucks.

Chiarelli told the media in Buffalo on Thursday morning at the First Niagara Center that he was no intentions of trading Marchand, despite some of the low moments this season that have him at 5 goals and 14 points in 34 games.

“Let me be clear on Marchy...I'm not trading Marchy, he's a good player, I like the way he plays,” said Chiarelli to reporters in Buffalo. “He’s finding his way. He's skating better, driving deeper and making plays.

“[Brad will] figure it out; when one guy struggles, the other guys [on his line] unfortunately piggy-back on those struggles.”

The NHL holiday roster freeze goes into effect tonight at midnight, and will be in place until the end of next week. So no trades will be made around the NHL during the holiday week, and there wasn’t anything imminent with Marchand as far as potential trade scenarios went anyway.

Marchand has one goal and two points in seven games during the month of December after a pretty solid November, but is still on a pace for 12 goals and 34 points this season that’s way below his standards over the last three years.