5.09.2018

The Rat King



Here are a few Brad Marchand cards since he has found himself a topic of conversation over the past weekend. He is so hard to like; the guy has shown that he has the skill - but he can’t help himself on the ice. From the slew-footing, suspensions, the consistent hits with intent to injure - there’s a lot about the way he polices himself during the game that is to be frowned upon.


And that will be his legacy. ‘The Rat’. Fans will always remember the bad stuff, and because of that, just how offensively talented he is will be nothing more than a footnote. He has been an elite winger for awhile now but it has been only over the past few seasons where he has had the numbers to back it up. Multiple All-Star worthy performances, crippled by a bad reputation.


I had this Brad Marchand 12-13 Score card signed towards my autographed set through a private signing. Marchand doesn’t sign autographs much.

If I remember correctly, this is the last card that I've added to my project. Just 17 left to go! Which reminds me, I got a really big addition through the mail recently that I can’t wait to share.


I actually don’t have many Marchand cards in my collection. I never did actively collected him. After this whole debacle, I’ve kind of had a hankering to pick up a few more. So what does that have to say about my opinion on Brad Marchand? Well, I appreciate his play, I just wish he would tone it down a little. Maybe go a season without trying to knock someone’s head off. I did feel like his licking antics crossed the line.


All the same time, I do enjoy that villain character that he has created for himself in the league. He is certainly a player who you can love to hate.

7 comments:

  1. I really should an autograph of this guy... but you're right he doesn't sign a lot. I'm off to find an affordable on-card autograph of Marchand.

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    1. He may have a nice collection of certified autographs but he has a reputation of not signing for the public. Thanks for reading and commenting! Hope you find a nice auto that satisfies your itch.

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  2. There is nothing hard to like about Marchand. Great player who just happens to have a little grit in his play. Only twice has he been suspended for slew-footing. He won't only be remembered for the "bad" stuff. 11 goals during his "rookie" season in the Stanley Cup playoffs. 2 goals against the Canucks in Game 7. Short handed game winning goal for team Canada in 2016. I'm sure there's others.
    Enjoyed your post and your small sampling of Brad's cards.Yes, his autograph is a bit hard to come by. But, you have to love the "Little Ball of Hate".

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  3. The licking thing is hilarious. I was literally laughing out loud when seeing those headlines. I think he did sign the drawing that someone made of him as an actual rat....

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    1. That's pretty cool. I saw that photo - hope Upper Deck turns it into some cardboard for the next flagship set.

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  4. Great post Brad, I'm pretty much in line with your assessment. As a Bruins fan he's talented and fun to watch, but I can totally see how some of the antics can be a turn-off too. In my mind I guess I think of him as a modern day Pat Verbeek!

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    1. They both have Cups and the same nickname!

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