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Chiarelli says he’s not trading Marchand


James OBrien

Via Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards:

Yesterday, in case you missed it, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said he didn’t like what he saw from Brad Marchand on Saturday in Vancouver, where the 25-year-old Bruins’ forward mocked the Canucks by pretending to raise the Stanley Cup and kissing his ring finger.

Marchand’s antics also bothered his coach, Claude Julien.

And all of this comes after the Bruins shipped out young star Tyler Seguin in the summer, a blockbuster trade that led some to believe that Seguin’s good friend (and dancing partner) could be next.

Marchand is signed through 2015-16, with a cap hit of $4.5 million. With just five goals in 34 games, it’s not just his “antics” that have been criticized.

“He’s a young player still, and sometimes you have those seasons,” Chiarelli said yesterday. “He’s fought the puck a little bit, and he’s been at wits’ end a little bit. You can see he’s frustrated with the situation. I go back over his last six or seven games, and he’s getting his legs back and his hands back.

“It’s just about looking at it over an 82-game schedule, and figuring it out and being patient. Maybe he showed little signs of impatience in his game, but I think he’s coming around.”

Haggerty has more here.