.@mjohansson90 on joining the #NHLBruins: "Got a lot of texts and phone calls, feel very welcome right away. This seems like a great organization. And it's obviously a great hockey team, so I'm excited to be here." pic.twitter.com/Z7cOXngSc1— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 26, 2019
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Brad Marchand and the Bruins acted swiftly to squash a potential issue with new teammate Marcus Johansson.
Johansson spoke to local reporters for the first time as a Bruin on Tuesday, and was asked whether he’d patched things up with Marchand. He revealed that Marchand personally apologized to him for last year’s incident, in which he took a flying elbow from Marchand to the back of his head in a game last January. Johansson suffered a concussion and ended up missing the rest of the regular season.
“That’s water under the bridge. It’s hockey. It’s a tough game,” Johansson said. “He called me and we spoke for a bit. He apologized, which I think was great. I just said, ‘That stuff happens a lot.’ It’s just fun to be here and it’s fun to be his teammate and I think he’s one of the best players in the league, so it’s fun to be on this side of it now.”
Added Johansson: “I’ve heard great things about him, that he’s a great guy, a great teammate.”
Marchand has long had a reputation as a player who is loved and embraced by his teammates, but a huge pain to play against. There are few more extreme cases in the league of someone on the receiving end of Marchand’s antics than Johansson. So if Marchand can nip this in the bud, he could probably do it with anyone.
Johansson will make his Bruins debut on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden. He’s expected to play right wing on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
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