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June 4, 2014 | 2:28pm ET
Bruins shopping Marchand
By Shawn Hutcheon, TheFourthPeriod.com

BOSTON, MA -- While hockey fans around the world are cheering for either the New York Rangers or the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, this is also the time of year when NHL teams are beginning to make decisions on how to approach next season.

With representatives at either the Stanley Cup Final or the Draft Combine (held in Toronto last week), or both, it is easy for those team employees to sit down with each other and begin laying the foundations for possible trades.

The management of the Boston Bruins was not happy with the club's second round playoff exit at the hands to arch rival Montreal Canadiens and are looking to make changes aimed at improving the team.

One change may come in the form of a trade as it has been learned that the organization is exploring the market on winger Brad Marchand.

Marchand was Boston's fifth leading scorer in 2013-14 on 25 goals and 28 assists totaling 53 points. He was third on the club, and in the entire NHL, with a plus-36. Marchand's five shorthanded goals led the league.

In five seasons with the Bruins, the native of Halifax, Nova Scotia has produced 92 goals and 94 assists resulting in 186 points in 300 NHL games.

While Marchand's regular season statistics have been more than satisfactory, his postseason numbers have been less than acceptable.

During Boston's Stanley Cup winning playoff run of 2011, Marchand contributed 11 goals and eight assists for a total of 19 points. In the three postseasons since winning the Stanley Cup, the forward has scored a total of 20 points on five goals and 15 assists in 41 playoff contests.

This season, Marchand failed to score a goal and assisted on only five in two series.

Another concern for management was Marchand's penchant for committing ill-timed penalties in the first round against Detroit and again against Montreal.

It appears management may be growing tired of the 26-year-old winger's lack of playoff production and undisciplined style of play.

With three years remaining on a four-year, $18 million contract, which has an annual cap hit of $4.5 million, it may not be difficult for more than a few other teams to trade for the Marchand.

It is believed that the Winnipeg Jets have expressed interest in discussing a deal with Boston. Whether they have inquired about Marchand has not yet been confirmed.

Shawn Hutcheon is the Boston Correspondent for The Fourth Period.


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