Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he has no plans to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told WEEI.com Friday morning that he is not planning to trade forward Brad Marchand. He also refuted a rumor from Thursday that the team was discussing a trade of the pesky forward for Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau.

“€œI have had no discussions for Marchand and I have no plans to trade him,” Chiarelli said. “I don’€™t make it a practice to respond to reports in the social media but occasionally it is necessary.”

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Brad Marchand's streaky season hurt the Bruins. (AP Photo)

Brad Marchand‘s streaky season hurt the Bruins. (AP Photo)

As the Stanley Cup finals take place, the fact that the Bruins didn’€™t even reach the Eastern Conference finals after winning the Presidents’€™ Trophy further accentuates the failure that was their 2013-14 season. Here are the individual grades:

FORWARDS

Patrice Bergeron: A
Regular season stats: 80 GP, 30 G, 32 A, 62 PTS, plus-38
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 9 PTS, plus-1

Bergeron had the type of season that led Twitter to be insufferable over his candidacy for a video game cover, so that’€™s a good thing, I guess. This was Bergeron’€™s second career 30-goal season, and the fact that he scored 30 goals given that he never, ever cheats offensively, was pretty insane. He likely would have had more points than his 62 points had his linemates been more consistent early on.

Bergeron had nine points (three goals, six assists) over the first eight games of the playoffs, but he failed to register a point in the last four games against the Canadiens.

Jarome Iginla: A-
Regular season stats: 78 GP, 30 G, 31 A, 61 PTS, plus-34
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 5 G, 2 A, 7 PTS, even rating
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He hit 30 goals in the regular season, and while that thrilled Bruins fans, that’€™s what they should have expected from him. It took him a bit to start scoring regularly, but once he hit his stride, the Bruins’€™ first line had perhaps its most consistent regular season since David Krejci became the team’€™s No. 1 center. The Bruins will want to bring him back, but there’€™s no telling whether Iginla is willing to go year-to-year given that it’€™s the only way the Bruins can capitalize cap-wise on his status as a player over 35 years old.

Carl Soderberg: A-
Regular season stats: 73 GP, 16 G, 32 A, 48 P, plus-4
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 PTS, plus-4

It’€™s probably too early take positives from the season and apply them going forward, but Soderberg showed he can be one of the league’€™s better third-liners since he was moved to center. Considering Bergeron and David Krejci aren’€™t going anywhere, that’€™s where Soderberg will remain. He has one year left on his deal with a $1.083 million cap hit. If the 28-year-old takes another step forward in his second full NHL season, he’€™ll be due a sizable raise.

Reilly Smith: A-
Regular season stats: 82 GP, 20 G, 31 A, 51 PTS, plus-28
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 4 G, 1 A, 5 PTS, plus-5
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Don’€™t confuse his midseason slump with a complete collapse; Smith was one of the Bruins’€™ best players in the postseason. With even a little consistency down the stretch in the regular season, this would be an A+.

The Bruins coveted Smith when it came time to talk trade with the Stars, and they planned on him being a steady third-liner for them this season, but he claimed the second-line right wing job and raced out to a team-leading 18 goals in his first 52 games. Of course, scoring just two goals over the final 30 games wasn’€™t exactly top-six material. How much of that can be attributed to his midseason illness that caused him to lose weight is unknown, but with more consistency Smith can expect to push for 30 goals going forward.

Milan Lucic: B-
Regular season stats: 80 GP, 24 G, 35 A, 59 PTS, plus-30
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 4 G, 3 A, 7 PTS, plus-3

Lucic hit a goal-scoring rut in the middle of the season and he hit some of his opponents in the you-know-whats late in the season. That scoring slump saw Lucic score one goal over an 18-game stretch from Dec. 5 to Jan. 14, and without such a stretch Lucic could have pushed for 30 goals.

Daniel Paille: B-/C+
Regular season stats: 72 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 PTS, plus-9
Postseason stats: 7 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 PT, minus-1

He had three concussions this season, but he still played in 72 regular-season games. Paille’€™s the type of player that could figure to stick around if the Bruins decide to revamp their fourth line, as he has the speed that’€™s allowed the B’€™s to move him up in the lineup at points in addition to his penalty-killing duties.

Gregory Campbell: C
Regular season stats: 82 GP, 8 G, 13 S, 21 PTS, plus-1
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, even rating

The Bruins’€™ bottom-six ‘€“ particularly their fourth line ‘€“ is supposed to be better than that of other teams, and it was a bad year for the Merlot Line. Campbell was a minus-3 in the Montreal series, with his line on the ice for the disasterous shift against Montreal’€™s fourth line in Game 7 that resulted in Dale Weise‘€™s first-period goal. The positive is that Campbell played all 82 games and 12 postseason games coming off a broken leg that ended last season in the Eastern Conference finals for him. 

Chris Kelly: C
Regular season stats: 57 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 PTS, plus-2
Postseason stats: DNP

It was a supremely frustrating season for Kelly, who missed time with a broken fibula, came back and found success as Soderberg’€™s left wing, and then suffered a herniated disc in his lower back that cost him the postseason. He’€™s signed on for two more years with a $3 million cap hit, but don’€™t think his lack of goals this season means he’€™s no longer worth the cash as one of the team’€™s primary leaders and an integral part of the team’€™s penalty kill.

David Krejci: C
Regular season stats: 80 GP, 19 G, 50 A, 69 PTS, plus-39
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 0 G, 4 A, 4 PTS, minus-3

Krejci gets the low mark despite posting his second-highest regular-season point total. Why? Because when people think of David Krejci, they think of the playoffs, and Krejci had established himself as one of the best postseason players in the league before disappearing in the playoffs this year.

Loui Eriksson: C
Regular season stats: 61 GP, 10 G, 27 A, 37 PTS, plus-14
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 PTS, plus-1

On the one hand, Eriksson spent much of the season either dealing with a concussion or adjusting to new linemates, and he wasn’€™t terribly effective when all that was going on. On the other hand, part of the reason Soderberg was so good down the stretch was because he had Eriksson as his right wing. 10 goals isn’€™t going to cut it in future seasons, but Eriksson was hardly a bust.

Jordan Caron: C-
Regular season stats: 35 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS, minus-8
Postseason stats: 7 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 PT, even rating
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Put where he was drafted aside for one second and consider that Caron was supposed to be the team’€™s 13th forward this season, and that’€™s what he was. When he was in the lineup, he didn’€™t make mistakes for the most part, though he did take a few penalties down the stretch. The idea that he was a disaster every time he took the ice is absurd. The truth is that he was safer during the regular season than most 13th forwards. He didn’€™t bring anything offensively, but he was a smart player in his own zone. Yes, he was replaced by Justin Florek and Matt Fraser at points in the postseason, but he also scored a pretty big goal in Game 3 of the first round.

All that said, it might be mutually beneficial for Caron to depart during free agency. The Bruins have plenty of bottom-six options with Florek and Fraser pushing for jobs, while Caron could go the route of guys like Paille and Benoit Pouliot as a firs-round pick who didn’€™t really find a home until after he left the organization that drafted him.

Brad Marchand: D+
Regular season stats: 82 GP, 25 G, 28 A, 53 PTS, plus-36
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 PTS, plus-4

This year, Da Brat was da streakiest player this side of the Mississippi, and his season — in which he played 82 games and the entire postseason without injury or suspension — can be broken up into three parts. A good preseason candidate to lead the team in goals, Marchand scored just four goals in the first 31 games of the season before taking off for 17 goals over the next 31. Then he fizzled, scoring four goals over the final 20 games and entire postseason — in which he went without a goal –€“ combined.

The reason this grade is so low despite him putting up 25 goals in the regular season is because Marchand is a better player than that. The stuff about him missing Tyler Seguin is nonsense; with the strides Marchand has made in his career, he should have been expected to produce big this season.

Shawn Thornton: D
Regular season stats: 64 GP, 5 G, 3 A, 8 PTS, plus-3
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, minus-2
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Thornton’€™s play wasn’€™t as bad as a ‘€œD’€ would suggest. His play would earn a ‘€œC’€ and the fact that he missed 15 games due to suspension drops him down a full letter grade. Still, he’€™s worth re-signing for the Bruins if they have the money. Yes, fourth lines are becoming faster with more skill, but keep in mind that this Bruins team didn’€™t lose because their style didn’€™t work; they lost because they underperformed. Thornton’€™s a good dressing room guy who will cost less than a million bucks.

Incomplete: Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, Nick Johnson, Matt Lindblad, Craig Cunningham, Alexander Khokhlachev

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The Bruins hope to knock down the Red Wings for good in Saturday's Game 5. (AP)

Zdeno Chara‘s great season ended in disappointment. (AP)

As the Stanley Cup finals take place, the fact that the Bruins didn’€™t even reach the Eastern Conference finals after winning the Presidents’€™ Trophy further accentuates the failure that was their 2013-14 season. Here are the individual grades:

DEFENSEMEN

Zdeno Chara: A-
Regular season stats: 77 GP, 17 G, 23 A, 40 PTS, plus-25
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS, plus-4

The good: He was the best defenseman in the league in the regular season and was the most deserving Norris candidate, though the guess here is he’€™ll lose to Duncan Keith. The bad: He wasn’€™t himself in the last couple games against the Canadiens, which cemented the fact that when Chara isn’€™t right, neither are the Bruins.

Torey Krug: A-/B+
Regular season stats: 79 GP, 14 G, 26 A, 40 PTS, plus-18
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, minus-2
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Krug gets this high a mark because he’€™s a bottom-pairing defenseman who gives the Bruins major production in offensive situation and on the power play. He’s also getting better in his own end. It will be interesting to see what kind of money Krug commands as a restricted free agent, as this was just his first full season in the NHL.

Dougie Hamilton: B+
Regular season stats: 64 GP, 7 G, 18 A, 25 PTS, plus-22
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 PTS, plus-1

When he was healthy, Hamilton made big strides in his second season. Paired with Chara on the Bruins’€™ shutdown pairing in the postseason, he had a ball against the Red Wings in the first round, but his Game 3 mental gaffe with P.K. Subban coming out of the penalty box was the low point of what was otherwise a very promising campaign from the 20-year-old.

Johnny Boychuk: B+
Regular season stats: 75 GP, 5 G, 18 A, 23 PTS, plus-31
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS, plus-3

Know who loves playing for the Bruins? Johnny Boychuk. Know who’€™s in the prime of his career (30) and a really good right-shot defenseman who could command a ton of money if he hits free agency after next season? Johnny Boychuk. This could get interesting. The Bruins could either concede that they won’€™t be able to afford him by trading Boychuk this offseason or they can try to get a deal done with him before the season starts, the latter of which is Peter Chiarelli‘€™s usual plan of attack.

Kevan Miller: B+
Regular season stats: 47 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 PTS, plus-20
Postseason stats: 11 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 PTS, plus-2

He’€™s a young defenseman who isn’€™t immune to making mistakes, but he’€™s steady enough to play the Adam McQuaid role of third-pairing defenseman with a healthy dose of nasty. While Miller proved himself to be an NHL regular, his first taste of the playoffs wasn’€™t so swell, as his postseason will be remembered for his giveaway in Game 6 against the Canadiens that resulted in what would end up standing as the game-winning goal. The fact that he signed a two-year extension with an $800,000 cap hit might make him a better commodity than McQuaid going forward.

Dennis Seidenberg: B
Regular season stats: 34 GP, 1 G, 9 A, 10 P, plus-11
Postseason stats: DNP

Seidenberg was fine before he went down with a torn ACL/MCL, and you have to commend his effort to return to the lineup, which he would have done had the Bruins reached the Eastern Conference finals. He signed a four-year extension before the first game of the season. 

Matt Bartkowski: C
Regular season stats: 64 GP, 0 G, 18 A, 18 PTS, plus-22
Postseason stats: 8 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT, plus-2
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Regular season: good. Postseason: not so good.

Bartkowski was supposed to be the team’€™s seventh defenseman, and he was good enough following Seidenberg’€™s injury that the team preferred him over Andrej Meszaros down the stretch. Bartkowski had a very rough go of it in the second round against the Canadiens, however, taking penalties at inopportune times and losing track of Dale Weise on Montreal’€™s first goal in Game 7.

Adam McQuaid: C-/D+
Regular season stats: 30 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 PTS, plus-12
Postseason stats: DNP

At this point of his career, staying healthy isn’t just half the battle for McQuaid, it’s most of it. McQuaid couldn’t stay healthy, and while it appears Miller has taken his job, there’s probably minimal trade value for a player who can’t stay on the ice. As such, don’t be surprised if McQuaid isn’t moved this offseason.

Andrej Meszaros: C-/D+
Regular season stats: 14 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 PTS, plus-4
Postseason stats: 4 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 PTS, plus-1
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The good news is that the conditional pick didn’€™t vest, as the third-round pick the B’€™s sent to Philadelphia would have become a second-rounder if the Bruins had reached the conference finals and Meszaros had played in at least two-thirds of Boston’€™s playoff games. Despite Bartkowski being sick early in the playoffs and scratched for Games 2 and 3 against Montreal, Meszaros didn’€™t make a strong enough case to stay in the lineup, and he was a disaster in Game 3.

Philadelphia could still get that second-rounder from Boston if the B’€™s sign Meszaros before the draft (or a 2015 fourth-rounder if they sign him after the draft), but don’€™t expect either to happen. He’€™s an OK defenseman who should probably sign with a bad team that will keep him in the lineup.

Incomplete: David Warsofsky, Corey Potter, Zach Trotman

GOALTENDERS

Tuukka Rask: A-
Regular season stats: 58 GP, 36-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 SV. %, 7 SO
Postseason stats: 12 GP, 7-5, 1.99 GAA, .928 SV. %, 2 SO

At this point, the only thing the Bruins need to see from Rask is the Stanley Cup, and this season figured to be as good as any for him to win his first as the starter. Rask was the best goalie in the NHL during the regular season and should win the Vezina, making the team’€™s second-round exit all the more disappointing. Rask was hit or miss against the Canadiens,

Chad Johnson: A-
Regular season stats: 27 GP, 17-4-3, 2.10 GAA, .925 SV. %, 2 SO
Postseason stats: DNP
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Midseason wraparound issues aside, Johnson was the ideal backup goalie for the Bruins. He played against weaker competition, sure, but he also shut out the Kings in January when Rask had to face the Blackhawks the day before. Flip a coin as to whether he’€™s back next year, as he can in all likelihood get more than the $600,000 he made this year on the open market, while the Bruins have Niklas Svedberg ready to take over as backup goaltender.

Incomplete: Niklas Svedberg

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The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed defenseman Linus Arnesson to an entry-level contract.

Arnesson was drafted in the second round (60th overall) of the 2013 draft, but was the Bruins’ first pick given that their first-rounder was dealt to the Stars in the team’s trade for Jaromir Jagr during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The 6-foot-1, 188 pound Sweden native spent last season playing for Djurgarden of the Allsvenskan league. Arnesson dressed in 44 regular-season games, scoring a goal and adding five assists while posting a plus-two rating. He also played for Team Sweden in the World Juniors.

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The Rangers eliminated the Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the Stanley Cup finals Thursday. Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 1-0 win for his first shutout of the postseason.

The Canadiens, who upset the Presidents’€™ Trophy-winning Bruins in the conference semifinals, played the final five games of the season with top goaltending prospect Dustin Tokarski in net after Carey Price was lost for the series after an injury suffered in Game 1 against the Rangers.

The upcoming series, which will played against either the 2012 Cup champion Kings or 2013 Cup champion Blackhawks, marks Lundqvist’€™s first trip to the Cup finals. The Rangers were last in the Cup finals in 1994, when they won the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Canucks.

It also marks a quick turnaround for a team that fired coach John Tortorella after last season and replaced him with former Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

The Kings lead the Western Conference finals, 3-2, entering Friday’€™s Game 6.

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Next season could be big if Danny Picard's prediction turns out to be true. He and Mike Giardi also take a look at Shawn Thorton and the rest of the 4th line.
Next season could be big if Danny Picard's prediction turns out to be true. He and Mike Giardi also take a look at Shawn Thorton and the rest of the 4th line.

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Both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly have undergone surgery for injuries suffered this season and are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a statement released by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly have undergone surgery for injuries suffered this season and are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a statement released by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Lucic suffered a left wrist injury of Game 7 of the second round against the Canadiens, while Kelly missed the entire postseason with a herniated disk in his back.

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