BOSTON — The Bruins practiced today at the TD Garden after taking Sunday off.
Among the squad on the ice was winger Brad Marchand, who then had a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan about a potential fine or suspension for the clip on Vancouver’s Sami Salo Saturday.
General manager Peter Chiarelli was also scheduled to be on the call. Before the hearing, the GM felt compelled to respond to several comments from the Vancouver camp accusing Marchand of being a dirty player and promising that the Boston winger will “get his.” Canucks GM Mike Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault were the most vocal in their criticisms of Marchand and the Bruins.
“Again, I look at the hit. I certainly don’t think it was clipping,” said Chiarelli about Marchand’s play, which earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct. “He hit him in the rear, if you really look at it closely. But if they think that it is [clipping] and they hand something down, fine. We’ll accept it. Again, I think they do a good job at it. There’s a lot of discussion amongst our group when they hand out these things. But the lobbying – I call it propaganda – that comes out yesterday in advance of the hearing, I think it’s distasteful. I’m friends with Mike and I’m friends with Alain, but I don’t like the way that it comes out. And I have to respond.”
For more on Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien’s response to Vancouver, check out my CBSBoston.com story.