Chiarelli: Marchand is "the full package"

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Chiarelli: Marchand is "the full package"

We all know somebody like him: The guy who you love when he's on your team, but hate when he's on the opposing team.

He'll brag. He'll talk trash. He'll do whatever he can to get under your skin, and even though you know he's doing it on purpose, you can't help but let it get to you.

Meet Brad Marchand.

Bruins fans love him, his teammates love him, and now we know his GM loves him too. The rest of the NHL world? Probably not so much. Marchand and the B's agreed upon a four-year, 18 million dollar contract on Friday, locking up the pesky yet productive left winger through the 2016-17 season.

For Peter Chiarelli, signing Marchand to another extension (he signed a two-year extension last year) means keeping a player the team views as a main part of its core for years to come.

"His style of play, his persona, his timely goals and his amount of goals obviously bring a great component to the Bruins and the Bruins organization," Chiarelli said on Friday. "It's nice too when you can sign a player like Brad who has worked his way up through the organization and plays the way that we all enjoy watching him play, and that the general manager enjoys watching him play. An in-your-face game, he sacrifices his body, and he's really coming into his own as an offensive player."

He sure is. In Marchand's second full season with the B's, the 59, 183-pound native of Nova Scotia registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 28-27=55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguins 29 tallies, and his plus-31 rating ranked fifth in the league.

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who envisioned numbers like that out of Marchand just a couple years ago. Well, anyone aside from Marchand.

"From the start I remember him from his first camp saying that he expected to make the team," Chiarelli said. "I was a little shocked at that comment. I liked the braggadocio, I liked the confidence. So that was my first impression of Brad."

As it turned out, Marchand also walked the walk. In his first full season with the B's he played in 77 games, notching 21-20=41 totals and 51 penalty minutes. He finished the season tied for third in the league with five shorthanded goals and recorded the second highest plusminus rating among NHL rookies with plus-25.

Marchand has had to balance using his skills as an agitator with his skills as a scorer something that he's had trouble with at times. Chiarelli doesn't want Marchand to try to be a new player now that he has a shiny new deal. He signed him to be the player that he always has been with Boston.

"I like the whole package," Chiarelli said. "He went through some stuff last year with a couple of incidents and through the disciplinary process where we were in a couple of philosophical discussions with that office. So I think, and I think Brad recognizes and you'll have to talk to him about it but I think he recognizes that part of his game as being a valuable part of his game. And he's a smart enough player that as you get older and learn the ropes a little bit more you can tweak your game a little bit. And I think the last year in the NHL he had a really good year last year, but I know that he had some struggles with playing his game. So he will continue to draw that fine line. He's certainly aware of it and that the line has bloomed a bit. So, I like the whole package."

Marchand wasn't available for comment in regards to his new extension. He's out hunting moose with his father in Newfoundland, Canada.

Poor moose. Getting shot at is one thing, but getting shot at by Marchand? Talk about added insult to injury. Just ask 29 teams in the NHL.

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.