Dick Rosenthal wrote:As for loving Marchand if he is on your team, I always find that sort of defense uncompelling. I can't stand Sean Avery and was disgusted by the fact that the Rangers couldn't seem to win without him. Now that they can, I couldn't be more happy to see him sent to Hartford where he can languish on nice bus rides to Albany, Springfield, Lowell, Binghamton, Rochester and Glens Falls.
The difference between Marchand and Avery is skill. Avery is not good at hockey. When Bruins fans say they like watching Marchand, only part of it refers to the agitation stuff. It's also the reason that Pat Verbeek was such a fan favorite everywhere he played.