Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.
"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."
The Bruins open the season Thursday night, hosting the Flyers. Marchand said he doesn't expect the B's to have a post-Cup letdown, and he will not use the short offseason an excuse.
"The only thing it really did for me was I had to be more dedicated to my training and my diet and my sleep," he said. "I thought I did a good job with it. I came into camp and I was a lot quicker and my body fat was a lot lower. So, I was very happy with how I was able to train this summer to get prepared for this year. I feel great on the ice. I don't feel tired at all. I feel fast and strong."
As for the team's approach to the season, Marchand said the players aren't letting the title go to their heads.
"The ways the guys have come in so far, no one's overconfident because everyone has been [warned] about the Cup hangover," he said. "Guys seem very aware of it and it just seems like everyone's focused to come in and try to prove that all wrong. We've got a nice little swagger about us, but at the same time we've got a lot of confidence but we're very aware of our situation."
The Bruins host the Canucks on Jan. 7, and the B's might be looking to exact some revenge for the misbehavior of Vancouver pests Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre during the Cup finals.
"I'd advise everybody to go to that game," Marchand said. "That is going to be a game to see. I know we're all very excited about it. It's going to be fun."