Earlier today Brad Marchand had a hearing to see if the League would suspend him because of a dangerous trip earlier this week on the Detroit Red wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The NHL decided to levy a $10,000 dollar fine, the maximum amount under the CBA for repeat offenders, but held off on a suspension. He can play for the Bruins tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Kronwall trip occurred midway through the game, which went unnoticed with no penalty. Kronwall stayed in the game. Marchand has had issues with suspensions and fines for tripping opposing players in the past. He collected a $2,500 fine in 2010-11 for a slew-foot Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, and suspended two games for the same penalty against then Rangers forward Derrick Brassard in 2014-15 season. For repeat offenders, the punishment gets worse, but luckily for Bruins fans he avoided suspension. The Bruins can’t afford to lose his offensive production.
With the All-Star break and bye week coming up, Marchand will play in the next few games to help the Bruins. Marchand remains one of the few bright spots this year for the Bruins with 19 goals and 47 points.
Red Wings Announcer Ken Daniels had a strong take on the play and felt Marchand should be suspended. Calling the play “dirty” and saying it was premeditated.