22 July 2024

BOSTON (CBS) — Brad Marchand has had an eventful week.

 

Last Friday, in a nationally televised game against the Rangers, he was on the receiving end of a thrown glove, after a verbal spat with Rangers forward Artemi Panarin. On Sunday, he drew the ire of Vancouver by slew footing Oliver Ekman-Larsson. And on Monday, he was suspended for that dangerous hit.

Marchand spoke to the media on Tuesday and shared his side of both notable altercations.

Regarding the Panarin incident, Marchand shared what he said that inspired the glove throw.

“I said that no one in Russia likes him,” Marchand shared. “So if that is now what is setting guys over the edge, then this is the softest league in the world, and no one should be allowed to say anything. Because there’s a lot worse things said out there than that. So if that’s what he’s crying about, then it is what it is

wouldn’t be [factored in], because I’ve worked to kind of get away from that and become a good player,” Marchand said. “I was kind of hoping that it would not be part of it, and be given the benefit of the doubt. But again, that’s not up for me to decide. And I’m not gonna criticize them. They’re doing a job, they’re doing it the way that that they feel is fit. I just was a little caught off-guard because of, again, how things have been dealt with recently. So I was hoping that I’d be dealt that way, and not because of my previous history. That’s all.”

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