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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.

Brad Marchand C BOS 2 Months

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."

Brad Marchand C BOS 3 Months

Brad Marchand was tripped by Brendan Smith's leg in the second and appeared to be hurt on the play.

He was able to return, though. Marchand favored his other leg when he went got up, which prompted some criticism on Twitter. "That's why they're on the Twitter-verse and they're not playing in this league," Marchand said. "I twisted my other leg when I landed." He wasn't agitated with Smith for the play and was glad that he escaped without getting injured.

Brad Marchand C BOS 3 Months

Brad Marchand picked up his first power-play goal of the season in Sunday's regular season finale.

He also earned an assist on Loui Eriksson's power-play tally late in the first period. He received an average of just 29 seconds of ice time per match with the man advantage this season. Marchand registered 25 goals on the year, including five shorthanded. He had a tough start, but found his form as it progressed.