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.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.