Re: Marchand for Marleau ?? w the f
posted at 6/14/2014 10:24 AM EDT
Arguing statistics, by subtracting data is nuts. A 40 or 50 game sample is also idiocy, when there's a 400 game sample right beside it. Everyone is "streaky' when it comes to scoring, and both players are very capable of scoring 5 goals in their next 2 playoff games. If one does, and the other doesn't, the percentages change a ridiculous amount. Marleau makes big money. He's soft. Marchand has his warts, but he's an incredible bargain right now, and that's the single, biggest factor in a cap league. Marchand had his chances this year..they just didn't go in. I don't recall many other Bruins having many chances.
And this "act getting tired"?. What are people smoking when they make this assessment? Does anyone truly believe the officials are so stupid, they don't realize Gallagher, and the entire Canadiens organization were flopping around like beached gaspereaux?
Of course they do. Montreal takes more penalties than Boston. A lot more on average.
Marchand was victim to a couple grossly stupid calls, plain and simple, and it seems like many here want to make that "his' fault, instead of pointing the finger squarely where it should be pointed. Lots of players have a "rep", and there are players on the Canadiens have have an equal, or worse rep. Assuming the Bruins can't expect decent officiating as long as he's on the team is about as ridiculous as it gets.
Yes, Marleau may be more skillful(so is Seguin). Since when does that guarantee more wins? Based on his pp numbers, and the sharks style, it seems reasonable to assume PM would accumulate less points in Boston.
Even if the salaries were identical(which currently is an insurmountable problem), a Marleau for Marchand trade, straight up, would have great potential for failure. Currently, the Bruins know they have one of the best 2nd lines in hockey. What they don't know exactly, what no one knows is exactly, is "why". Louis Ericsson is "better" than Reilly Smith. Everyone on the planet agreed with that 8 months ago. He's not playing on that line though, is he?
The Bruins have little money to throw around. I'm not against trading Marchand, or anyone else. I'm just totally against trading someone... because some dope thinks he should be traded.
Trading for an upgrade over Marchand, for the same, or less money, is going to be virtually impossible. Assuming that player will make the line better, is an even bigger gamble.
There are only a couple 4.5 mil bargains out there. Marchand is one of them. So is Max Paccioretti. It would take a lot to make Montreal look at moving him, and it should. Same for the others on that very exclusive list.