By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON With the regular season winding down its honors time for the Bruins, and rookie Brad Marchand came away with one of the most coveted pieces of Bs hardware when he was named NESNs Seventh Player Award winner on Saturday.The Seventh Player has been handed out for the last 42 NHL seasons to the Bruin player who goes above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds expectations of Bruins fans.
Marchand has 21 goals and is second to teammate Adam McQuaid amongall NHL rookies in plusminus (plus-26). He also has served as an instigator and agitator on the ice for the B's in a role they desperately needed someone to fill. "Hes such a good skater and he plays hard every night. Hes been a real good player for us and I think its going to be exciting to see him jump into the playoffs, just by the way he is," said coach Claude Julien. "Hes going to be pumped for that and I think hes going to be a really good asset for our hockey club."For the rookie it's been an amazing season where he went from training camp question mark to a cult Boston hockey hero that's surprassed nearly every expectation. Marchand follows in the footsteps of fellow talented youngsters Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask that have won the Seventh Player Award in each of the last four seasons. "It was a question mark whether I was going to be on the team this year," said Marchand reflecting on it all. "Its a honor to win that award. Its special."Marchand receives 5,000 to donate to the charity of his choice, and one fan was drawn at random to receive a new Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from Central Jeep of Norwood and Raynham.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.