Nick Foligno knows as well as anyone how much of a pain in the ass Brad Marchand can be as an opponent. So the Bruins winger is glad to finally have Marchand on his side.
Foligno had an amusing take on his new teammate in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Thursday. Foligno has something of a history with Marchand going back to his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He delivered a huge hit on Marchand in a 2018 game, and the two had their share of post-whistle scrums in the 2019 Bruins-Jackets playoff series.
“He was such an annoying player to play against, because first of all, his stature, right? But he got under your skin, and he made impacts in games,” Foligno said. “For a guy his size, everyone knocks players like that, but he played big, and I think it just pissed you off that you’re getting owned some nights by a guy like that. He has this ability to rise to every challenge. I’ve always noticed, he’s a big game player. Marchy always shows up in the big ones, and I want to play with a guy like that, so I’m pumped. I’ve enjoyed, obviously, the past month here playing with him.
“I still want to kill him sometimes, but that’s what makes him great.”
Marchand showed in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs that he’s continuing to refine a balance between dominating offensively (team-high eight goals in 11 games) and playing on the edge (12 penalty minutes). Foligno seems excited that he’s no longer at risk of Marchand licking or judo-flipping him.
Foligno is locked into a third-line role on the Bruins, flanking left wing Jake DeBrusk and center Erik Haula to start the season. The 33-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Bruins with an AAV of $3.8 million.
Listen below for the full interview.
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