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Brad Marchand feared he was next after Tyler Seguin trade 09.12.13 at 1:09 pm ET
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Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates the last two seasons. (AP)

Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates the last two seasons. (AP)

Brad Marchand‘s initial reaction to his friend and frequent linemate Tyler Seguin being traded wasn’t anger or disappointment, but rather concern that he’d be next.

“It came as a bit of a shock,” Marchand said of the trade. “I think there were definitely some guys that thought we were pretty safe, and it was a bit of a wakeup call that every day you come in you’ve got to make sure you’re doing everything you have to do to stay here. I don’t think anyone really expected Segs to be shipped out that early, but it definitely took a little while to sink in.”

Marchand clarified that he was one of the guys who may have gotten a little too comfortable, and that after Peter Chiarelli moved on from Seguin and his contract, he feared that his days in Boston could also be numbered.

“A little bit, yeah. Definitely,” he said. “Anything can happen at any time. If you have half a bad year or you’re not playing up to par, with the cap system nowadays, they’re going to want to improve the team. You don’t want to be that guy to get shipped out. The easiest thing to do is play your best and hopefully you can save yourself.”

Marchand’s concern makes a little sense considering that he, like Seguin, is a young player whose partying finds its way into the news often, but Marchand is a better player right now with a better contract. He’s entering the first season of a four-year, $18 million contract while Seguin is set to begin a six-year, $34.5 million contract.

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Loui Eriksson opens training camp with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand; Jarome Iginla with Milan Lucic and David Krejci at 1:00 pm ET
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Claude Julien has wasted no time in trying out what could be one of the best two-way lines in the league, as Julien used Loui Eriksson on the right wing with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron in line drills on the day on the ice of training camp. The second group featured Jarome Iginla in Nathan Horton‘s familiar spot with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

Eriksson, who was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas, is considered an elite two-way player. The 28-year-old has had seasons of 36, 29 and 27 goals in his career, and he figures to replace Seguin’s offense while adding a more complete game.

“Definitely no disrespect to Segs — he’s a phenomenal player and we clicked very well; we had a couple great years together — but Loui’s a bit of a different player,” Marchand said. “He’s still a very good goal-scorer, a very good playmaker, and he plays hard in our end. I’m sure he’ll complement us very well and hopefully we’ll all be able to play well together.”

Iginla was signed in the offseason after Horton elected not to return to the B’s after three seasons in Boston.

Another line that was used quite a bit in the first group was Chris Kelly between Jordan Caron and Reilly Smith. Both Smith and Caron are competing for third-line minutes this season.

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Brad Marchand: ‘It was difficult’ to see Tyler Seguin traded 09.06.13 at 12:24 am ET
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Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates and good friends. (AP)

Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates and good friends. (AP)

LOWELL — Speaking publicly for the first time since the trade of Tyler Seguin, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said Thursday that he wishes his former linemate and good friend off the ice the best in Dallas.

Seguin was traded along with Rich Peverley in a six-player deal on July 4 that netted the Bruins Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.

“It was difficult,” Marchand said. “We were very close, but that’s business. That’s hockey. I don’t think you can ever expect to be safe wherever you are. That’s just another example of that. He’s a great young player and he’s going to have a great future ahead of him.”

Seguin, 21, had his professionalism called into question by general manager Peter Chiarelli prior to the trade. There were concerns about his maturity and his off-ice habits, so much so that the team reportedly had to hire a guard to make sure he didn’t leave his hotel room the night before home games.

Marchand, who is no stranger to having his partying make headlines, defended Seguin on that matter.

“Obviously things happen, but you look at social media nowadays and nobody can hide anywhere anymore,” he said. “It just seems like things can get blown out of proportion a little bit, so I think that’s definitely part of it. At the same time, he’s young and any guy in his position is going to have fun.

“I just want to wish him the best and try to headhunt him a little bit when we play him.”

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Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand all invited to Team Canada orientation camp 07.22.13 at 2:29 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic will all attend Team Canada orientation camp this August, as 47 Canadian players compete to represent their country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

While Lucic and Marchand will compete to play in the Olympics for the first time in their careers, Bergeron was a member of the 2010 team that won the gold medal in 2010. Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club as a player who has won gold at the Olympics and World Junior Championships in addition to winning the Stanley Cup.

Claude Julien was named an assistant coach Monday for Team Canada, which will be led by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

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Brad Marchand: ‘We had a good opportunity and it slipped through our fingers’ 06.26.13 at 10:45 pm ET
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Brad Marchand talks Wednesday during Bruins breakup day at TD Garden. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Brad Marchand wasn’t hiding much on Wednesday during breakup day for the Bruins at TD Garden.

Marchand made it clear that he’s still pretty depressed about what happened on Monday night, when a 2-1 lead with less than 90 seconds left turned into a 3-2 loss in the matter of 17 seconds.

While there will be several veterans departing (Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Jay Pandolfo), the core of a talented young team will remain intact. That was reassuring but only small consolation Wednesday.

“Well, it’s definitely a little reassuring that we know we could potentially have a good team,” Marchand began. “I mean, things always happen, trades and everything like that, but for the most part the foundation is there. But I don’t think it changes what happened, we had a good opportunity and it slipped through our fingers. That was a tough game to swallow.”

But with names like Tyler Seguin, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Marchand himself, the team figures to make deep runs in the Cup playoffs a habit.

“I mean, you look at a lot of guys on our team are locked in here and they definitely did a great job of making sure were going to have a very good team for a while,” Marchand said. “And we’re very, very fortunate to be a part of this organization and this team. We definitely have a good group in here.”

With so much talk about injuries on Wednesday, did Marchand suffer any injury?

“Just my heart,” he quipped.

How is this year’s loss different that 2012 first-round exit to the Capitals?

“It’s definitely a lot better than losing in the first round, but it’s still disappointing,” Marchand said. “Whether you lose in the first round or the finals, you didn’t win. So it’s definitely different in ways where we made it here and had the opportunity but still didn’t win.”

Now Marchand and the Bruins begin a short summer break before September rolls around.

“It’s definitely going to be a little bit different,” he said. “We finished so late and we start a week early, so, I mean, were going to have to take a little bit less of a break and try to get back right into things quickly and get prepared for that training camp.”

Marchand was held without a point in the six games against Chicago and didn’t score a goal in the final eight games of the playoffs.

“They’re a good team,” Marchand said of the Blackhawks. “They were tough to play against, and things just didn’t go right. It would have been nice to contribute a little more.

“It was a different year. Missing up until Christmas time and coming back in, it was a different season. But you always want to try to improve in all areas of your game. I thought this year I was a little bit better defensively and tried to focus a little bit more on that, but definitely still areas to improve.”

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Patrice Bergeron ‘under observation’ in hospital after playing through injuries at 11:07 am ET
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Brad Marchand talks Wednesday during Bruins break-up day at TD Garden. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Immediately after Monday night’s heartbreaking Game 6 loss that handed the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks, Patrice Bergeron re-entered the hospital and remains there, the team announced Wednesday morning during break-up day at TD Garden.

Bergeron announced after the game that he was playing with a broken rib, torn cartilage and torn muscle from earlier in the final before suffering a separated shoulder during Game 6. The team said Bergeron was “under observation” at a local hospital.

Brad Marchand, Bergeron’s line-mate, spoke Wednesday about what it was like to watch Bergeron try and play through the injury in Game 6.

“You can’t say enough about him,” Marchand said. “He’s such a warrior. The fact he was able to play the whole game, every time I came to the bench, I was kind of nervous about him. I kind of watched him and I could see the pain and agony he was in. It was unbelievable to see him play through that. It just gives you that much more respect for him.”

Rich Peverley added, “It’s hard not to be in awe of him, as a player and a man.”

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Claude Julien has ‘hope’ Brad Marchand will find his hot streak in time for Game 6 06.23.13 at 8:21 pm ET
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Brad Marchand. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Brad Marchand has been streaky throughout his NHL career.

Never has been more evident than in these playoffs.

Marchand had three assists in the first round series against Toronto. Then he warmed up with a goal and an assist in each of the first two games against the Rangers. Marchand went on to score a pair of goals in Game 2 against Pittsburgh and an assist in each of the last two games.

Those were the last points of the playoffs for Marchand. Claude Julien said Sunday he’s not worried.

“Well, if he’s going to be a streaky player I would hope that streak starts [Monday],” Julien said. “I don’t think he’s played terrible, but certainly he knows he can play better. But a lot of our guys do, too. We all need to be better in order to get ourselves back into this series here. We feel confident that we can. You go through bumps along the way, and you fight through it. Just have to look at the other team. They have guys that haven’t produced and they started producing. If we can do the same thing, then we’re going to get ourselves back into it.”

“I mean it’s tough,” Marchand said. “They are very good defensively. They’ve got a lot of speed and they come back very hard. They don’t give up many odd man rushes. Everything you get is kind of from down low so we’ve got to make sure we play that way. Play down low and try to get to the net.”

The media from Canada and across the states asked Marchand Sunday if some of his recent struggles have to do with his size – or lack of it – at 5-foot-9.

‘I mean when you are down low you just have to use your assets,” he said with a good-natured smile. “A lot of guys like Looch [Milan Lucic] and Horty [Nathan Horton] they’re big and strong and try to hold guys off. Guys like me, we just try to use our speed and agility down there and try to create a little bit of room for yourself.

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