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Marchand, who focused on his conditioning during the offseason, has looked sharp early on in training camp, the Boston Herald reports.

Marchand notes, "I just feel like I'm quicker and I can go to areas a little faster...I feel like I can control the puck a little easier than I could last year. I'm not getting knocked off (the puck). Those were a couple of big issues I had." For his part, GM Peter Chiarelli has been impressed by what he's seen from the feisty winger thus far, indicating that Marchand has "been real good. For a guy that scored 20-plus goals last year and we're telling him it's a bad year � I think [if] he keeps that up, he's going to have a good year." While playing all 82 games last season, Marchand recorded 25 goals and 53 points for the Bruins, numbers he could easily top this season, health permitting, while presumably skating on a line with center Patrice Bergeron and restricted free agent Reilly Smith (once he rejoins the team).

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Brad Marchand was asked to name the NHL player that irritates him the most and he didn't need time to come up with his answer.

"Tomas Plekanec from Montreal.I hate him," Marchand said. "I can't stand him. No, I probably shouldn't say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow." The rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is always heated, but tensions are particularly high after Montreal edged out Boston in seven games in the second round of the 2014 playoffs.

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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli shot down rumors that the Bruins were looking to trade Brad Marchand.

Chiarelli said that he doesn't have plans to trade Marchand and specifically shot down a rumor that he would be part of a trade to bring San Jose's Patrick Marleau to Boston. The Bruins are in a difficult cap situation and moving Marchand's $4.5 million annual salary would be useful to them for that reason. Teams usually don't disclose their plans to trade a player before it happens, so we recommend taking Chiarelli's denials with a grain of salt.

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The Boston Bruins might shop Brad Marchand over the summer.

Boston is in a rough position from a salary cap perspective and unloading Marchand's $4.5 million annual cap hit would go a long way towards fixing that. He's coming off of a solid season where he scored 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games despite a slow start, but he wasn't able to find the back of the net in the playoffs.

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Brad Marchand lamented his missed opportunities after Boston was eliminated from the postseason on Wednesday night.

"It's very tough. I think the opportunities were there," he said. "Every game I had opportunities, but sometimes they go in, sometimes they didn't. Maybe it was a lack of focus or I didn't bear down enough, but I didn't come up big when the team needed me and (it's) very frustrating." Marchand had no goals and five assists in 12 games in the playoffs. He had some difficulty getting going in the regular season as well before finishing with 25 goals and 53 points in 82 matches.

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Brad Marchand is still looking for his first goal of the 2014 postseason.

He has 26 shots and no goals to show for them thus far. He has contributed five assists in 11 contests. Marchand will try to end his slump in Game 7 on Wednesday night back in Boston.

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As expected, Brad Marchand dressed in Game 1 versus Montreal on Thursday.

He opted to sit out the team's morning skate, with what is believed to be an illness, but was fine to play when the second round began with a 4-3 double overtime loss. Marchand earned two assists in the match after going five straight games without a point in Round 1 against Detroit. He also had three shots and five hits on Thursday night.

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Brad Marchand didn't take part in Thursday's optional morning skate.

Daniel Paille took Marchand's place on the second line, as he did during Tuesday's session. Marchand is believed to be dealing with an illness, but he practiced on Wednesday. Coach Claude Julien didn't say what Marchand's status was, but we going to believe that he plays Thursday night.

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Brad Marchand was back on the ice for practice Wednesday after he missed Tuesday's session.

"Just felt like taking the day off," said Marchand, who may have been battling an illness. "Called (coach) Claude (Julien) and said I'm not coming in. He's a good guy like that." He's expected to be ready to play in Game 1 against Montreal on Thursday night. Marchand will play alongside his regular linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.

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Brad Marchand missed a couple of yawning cage opportunities in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over Detroit.

So he was relieved when teammate Jarome Iginla scored in the extra session to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the series. "I think I gave him a huge kiss there," said Marchand. "It was great to have him score that goal and I'll be able to sleep good tonight." Marchand doesn't have a point yet in four playoff games, so he plans to avoid getting involved in scrums for a while. He thinks he plays better when he's "playing hard and gritty."