Felger & Mazz: Reaction to Brad Marchand being named Bruins captain
Was Marchand the right choice?
Felger: Just thoughts on Brad Marchand becoming captain of the Bruins. It would not have been my first choice. A lot of people feel like it was a “slam dunk”. An obvious choice. I don’t feel that way. I don’t share that view that he’s a slam dunk, obvious choice. He would not have been my first choice.
Jim Murray: Yeah, me either, because I think typically the “C” comes with a guy who’s got a bit more professionalism to his game. And we all know the history of Brad Marchand. Now, given how long he’s been with the team, how long he’s been in the league, that’s the one thing that sticks out to me, by the way, I don’t know if it’s to you guys, he’s 35. Like, I get that I’m now old, but, like, I see that guy at that age am I’m like “when the hell did that happen?”
Felger: Bourque. Chara. Bergeron. Like, I mean, the epitome, all three guys, there’s like…
Jim Murray: Class that comes with those names.
Felger: I mean the epitome of franchise standard-bearer. Not just hard-working, but I mean in terms of while they were playing on the ice, impeccable. Impeccable franchise, standard-bearers of character and professionalism. I mean like one of these things is not like the other. Bourque. Bergeron. Marchand?
Jim Murray: I mean those other three, I don’t use this term really for many people I know or even like athletes I watch, those three are gentlemen. Those were gentleman type players. Marchand’s a rat. It just doesn’t kind of fit. But again, given how long he has been with the team, I get it. But I would’ve went with McAvoy.
Mazz: No, no, Murray, got the word right. Rat. But if you were to say, you know, what was Brad Marchand, you would say, “Oh, he was good. He was a rat. He was good though.” So to me, that’s the part that doesn’t go away. And this is the penalty for Marchand that you look at it and say you were a rat early in your career that forged a reputation. That’s how the league looks at him.
Felger: So that’s not why I wouldn’t have done it. I would not have chosen Marchand because, well, one, it doesn’t change the DNA of your team. It’s really just status quo. And I’d like to see the team evolve and shake up that status quo a little bit. And I think having a younger guy and a newer guy like McAvoy helps do that. Marchand really is just more of Chara and Bergeron, which is certainly not horrible, but it’s not what I would want. I want some evolution.
So this isn’t an evolution. That’s one. And two, if things go bad for the Bruins, and I don’t think they will. That’s not what I’m predicting. But you know, I’m often wrong. But if they do stink and they are out of the playoffs, I want them to trade Brad Marchand. As Murray said, he’s 35 years old and he’s got two years left on his contract. So I don’t know what his long term future is here, especially if you’re not a playoff team.
And he’d be a heck of a rental. I think he’d be a great rental if I were going for a cup and I wanted to add a piece, he’d be a great piece to add. He’d be an ideal sort of trade deadline acquisition. Because he has he would have a year left. He’d have some term. You should be able to get a first round pick for that. And so I would want to dangle Brad Marchand.
Now, if you put the C on his shoulder, does that make that less likely because you’re committed to him? So that’s another reason I wouldn’t have done it.
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Bruins announce 2023 training camp roster
With the action set to get underway this Sunday at TD Garden with a preseason tilt against the Rangers, the Bruins have finally revealed their training camp roster and schedule.
For Boston, the first day of camp will be Wednesday, Sept. 20, while the first day of on-ice work will come on Thursday with sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Brighton’s Warrior Ice Arena.
And from there through Oct. 8, the schedule will feature a mix of split-squad sessions and regular practices, all leading up to Boston’s season-opening showdown with Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks.
But before we get there, the Bruins have to figure out just who will make this year’s squad.
And here’s who will be making it to Boston for this year’s camp…