I really thought the World Cup changed Marchand. I know it changed the perception of him for a lot of people. He contributed in a big way by being focused on hockey. Not crap after the whistle. Not cheap shots. Just playing the game. It was awesome and he IS awesome. Let’s make no mistake about that.
But this season in particular shows he’ll always be who he is. He’s a fun character. He’s big hearted and cares about the fans. He’s a short handed wizard. He’s got arguably the best wrist shot in the entire league and he can play and meaningfully contribute with anyone in the world.
Yet despite what happened at the World Cup, he’s a guy who just can’t help himself. He’s the reason the NHL and the NHLPA need to agree to be tougher.
Recently he “dangerously tripped” slewfooted Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall and got a 10,000 fine, the maximum penalty under the CBA.
This is the third time in his career he’s been nailed for this type of incident. He was fined $2,500 in 2011-2012 and suspended two games in 2014-2015.
Having paid the fine (probably just pulling it out of his pocket and letting it fall to the floor like a mic drop), he carried on his merry way, smack dab into the back of the legs of Anton Stralman.
You can be the judge on whether the Stralman play was intentional or not, but if the DOPS would do its job it would never have come to this in the first place.