Column: Marchand might be just what the Bruins have been missing

Although his actions might not always make it seem so, Marchand also knows he has to pick his spots and be careful not to get on the wrong side of the officials.

“You’ve got to watch that. You don’t want to be a liability to your team,” he said.

Maybe now that he’s 22 and a third-year pro, Marchand will be better at knowing when it’s time to shake things up. He should feel more empowered than he did last season, when he skated for a bit on a line with Patrice Bergeron and, aside from one retaliation-causing low hit on Philadelphia’s Mike Richards, really was more of an invisible man than a rampaging monster.

There are still a handful of exhibition games left for Boston. By the time the regular season rolls around, it might be worth it for the Bruins to unleash Marchand on their opponents on a regular basis.

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