Marchand fires back at diving accusations

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Marchand fires back at diving accusations

WILMINGTON, Mass In the case of the Brad Marchand vs. the People that Think Hes a Diver, the feisty agitating forward fired back against his critics on Tuesday afternoon.

The Little Ball of Hate has been accused of diving and embellishing at several different points in the series by the Washington peanut gallery, and he was none too pleased about it.

The most notable diving accusations in the series: 1) An accidental blow near the visor from Karl Alzner in Game 3 that sent Marchand tumbling to the ice, and 2) a blindside hit from Jason Chimera in Game 6 that sent him spinning like he was on the Tea Cups at Disney World.

Marchand absorbed a Chimera spear to the groin that awarded the Bruins a power play in a vicious Game 3 victory, but he was derided by Washington Capitals fans as a flopper after that vitriolic contest.

For a Bruins team that has always prided itself on rising above the world of diving, flopping finesse teams like the Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks, its the ultimate Scarlet Letter in hockey.

Marchand said he was moving on from any accusations of diving, and had the medical care to prove it wasnt a figment of his imagination.

I got cut there. I got a stitch, said Marchand, referencing his lip that was bloodied after the Chimera play. Whether it was a penalty or not that doesnt really matter. The game is over.

Marchand was asked whether it was his own stick that nicked him in the mouth and created the bloody lip.

I dont know. I havent seen the replay, said Marchand. I dont really know what happened. I didnt even see him coming. I was focused on Backstrom. I dont really know what hit me. It doesnt matter at this point.

The Game 3 incident forced Alzner to apologize postgame for the dangerous play.

"I didnt think he was going to stop short as I was bracing for a hit, and when he did my elbow hit him up in his visor," Alzner said. "I was like, Oh no, I hope that doesnt get me a penalty and it was really fortunate because it could have been much worse. I could see by his expression that he didnt see it coming at all. Im not that that type of player and I wanted to make sure Marchand knew that after the game.

Ive had other guy say my bad to me when Ive been hit like that before, so I wanted to make sure I extended that courtesy to somebody else. Marchand is one of the few guys on the Bruins that I know, so I wanted to make sure he knew it wasnt purposeful.

Later on in Tuesdays media scrum Marchand was asked about the diving allegations a second time, and this time he let loose against the Capitals fans that have criticized him.

For them to judge what knocks you down, they don't know your balance or whatnot on the play, Marchand told WEEI.com. They're sitting at home watching on TV. I don't really care what they say. They have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing."

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.