Marchand called Rangers’ Panarin “soft”, wait till you hear what caused his latest suspension
Brad Marchand, who once mocked Artemi Panarin for being “soft” and “crying” about boo-boo words is going to have a hard time spinning this latest revelation.
Marchand was suspended for roughing and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry in the final minute of a game on Feb. 8. Not only did he punch Jarry in the head during a scrum in front of Pittsburgh’s net, while being restrained by an official, he shoved his stick into Jarry’s mask.
On Friday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t buying the excuses and upheld a six-game suspension after the NHL Players’ Association appealed the ban on Marchand’s behalf.
Remember when Marchand called Panarin “soft”?
Marchand is one of the biggest trash-talkers in the game. Earlier this season, he got into it with New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin. As the two were chirping at the benches, Marchand said something that set Panarin off, leading to him throw a glove at the Bruins agitator.
Both players were both tossed from the game, and Panarin received a $5000 fine for throwing his glove at Marchand.
“I said that no one in Russia likes him,” Marchand admitted. “So if that is now what is setting guys over the edge, then this is the softest league in the world.”
“No one should be allowed to say anything,” Marchand responded. “Because there’s a lot worse things said out there than that. If that’s what he’s crying about, then it is what is is.”
So, what exactly did Jarry say to upset thick-skinned Brad Marchand?
According to multiple reports, Marchand told the commissioner that Jarry said, “How about that f–king save?”
The irony here is just too delicious not to share. Of course, the ever-vocal Marchand will likely tell anyone who asks that Jarry said it such a deep and scary voice that it sounded life-threatening.
NHL upholds Marchand suspension
The 33-year-old forward argued that his actions were “stupid” but not “suspension-worthy.” Bettman wrote in his complete ruling that he accepted Marchand’s explanation, and he did not believe Marchand had the intention of injuring Jarry, but the commissioner said Marchand had to be regarded as a repeat violator.
This was the eighth suspension of his career and the second this season; he received a three-game suspension in November for slew-footing Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
“When a player repeatedly commits multiple violations worthy of supplementary discipline within a relatively short period of time, the principle of progressive discipline clearly warrants an escalation in the quantum of discipline,” Bettman wrote. “That is particularly true where, as here, the Player is one whose career has been marked by repeated prior instances of supplementary discipline.”
Marchand still can elect to have his case heard by an independent arbitrator. He has already served four games of the suspension.
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–Field Level Media contributed to this report.