BOSTON (CBS) – After another on-ice incident involving Brad Marchand last night, Felger & Mazz opened their show on Wednesday asking the question: is Brad Marchand a dirty player?
In case you missed it: Marchand was called for boarding at 15:28 of the second period during last night’s 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames at the TD Garden.
Marchand was penalized for hitting the Flames’ Sean Monahan from behind and sent to the box for two minutes.
Bruins insider Joe Haggerty of CSNNE was on our station this morning and called the play “ugly” – but also said that Marchand will not face discipline from the league.
Even though he won’t be sent away for the cheap shot, the hit was clearly a dirty one. And with his reputation being what it is and the on-ice incidents mounting up faster than one can keep track of, are we starting to get concerned?
“Is Marchand a dirty player? Yes. I mean isn’t that sort of the definition of an agitator? Someone that pushes the line, pushes the envelope and does things that aren’t necessarily within the lines that Shawn Thornton likes to stay in? Yes, he’s dirty. Of course he’s dirty,” said Mazz.
Felger agreed that it was in fact a dirty play. And speaking of play…what happened to the Brad Marchand of old?
His offensive numbers are way down and he’s on pace for the lowest goal total of his young career.
“My real issue with it is that he’s not scoring. He has five goals on the year, that’s on pace for twelve,” said Felger. “He did not score a point against the Chicago Blackhawks last year in the Stanley Cup Finals – doughnuts.”
“And how has he been as an agitator? Do you see him getting under the skin of opponents? Do you see him affecting games? What I’ve seen is borderline dirty hits. He’s not producing offensively and he’s not really producing as a rat. That’s my concern. What is he doing?”
“His act is really starting to wear thin,” said Mazz.
Listen below for the full discussion: