While Brad Marchand hasn't been playing the way the Bruins know he's capable of - and his recent antics in Vancouver drew the ire of management - trading Marchand isn't something the team is contemplating, team president Cam Neely said in a radio interview on Thursday.
"We've never had one discussion about trading Brad Marchand," Neely told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger & Mazz" show.
That comes on the heels of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, speaking in Buffalo, where the B's played the Sabres on Thursday night, saying that despite a disappointing season from Marchand, the team isn't looking to move him. "I'm not trading Marchy, he's a good player, I like the way he plays,” Chiarelli said.
Marchand has slumped, with only five goals in 34 games, and got a talking to from Chiarelli after he pantomimed in front of the Canucks bench kissing his Stanley Cup ring and lifting and kissing the Cup in the third period of the B's 6-2 loss to Vancouver on Saturday night.
As for Marchand's struggles, Neely told Felger and Massarotti he thought it was a confidence issue.
"His confidence isn't where it needs to be and I think he's thinking to much out there and getting frustrated out there," Neely said. "He's improving from where he was but he's not where he needs to be. He needs to stop thinking about what he's looking to to do and just go out and do it."