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Rumblings: Marchand's antics, Senators' young D-man, Team Canada's scouting

12/17/2013

Brad Marchand's antics in Vancouver didn’t sit well with the Boston Bruins.

Boston's coaching staff and management were not enamored with his kissing of the ring and kiss of the fake Stanley Cup.

It’s been dealt with internally, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday. And while the source would not elaborate on what that meant, I’m guessing there was a chat making it clear those antics are not to be seen again on the ice.

Sens find defensive answer

Over the past month, the Ottawa Senators were looking to make a trade for a puck-moving defenseman. The club couldn't get close enough on any deal, as it is so difficult to make a trade in the first half of the season. (For example, the Senators inquired on Michael Del Zotto with the Rangers, but it went nowhere.)

For now, it turns out they may have found their answer from within. The call-up of 19-year-old blueliner Cody Ceci -- the team’s first-round pick (15th overall) in 2012 -- has filled that need. It’s been only three games, but his overtime goal against the Blues on Tuesday night plus his overall play is exactly what the Senators were looking for back there. Not to mention the improved play of blueliner Jared Cowen of late.

So for now, the trade target has shifted to a top-six forward, although there was nothing imminent on that front as of Tuesday.

Team Canada scouting

As the clock continues to tick toward Jan. 7, Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman was in Denver on Monday night to take in the Avalanche’s 6-2 dismantling of the Stars. He was also scheduled to be in Dallas Tuesday night for the return match between both clubs.

Dallas left wing Jamie Benn, Stars center Tyler Seguin and Colorado center Matt Duchene were likely the players being scouted by the Team Canada boss, but I’d say mostly Benn and Duchene.

Seguin remains a long shot, I think, even though as of Tuesday morning he was sixth in the NHL among Canadian-born scorers with 33 points (18-15) in 30 games. Still, he’s considered more an outside shot in large part because of how deep the team is at center with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares, Logan Couture, Patrice Bergeron, Claude Giroux and Duchene ahead of him on the Canadian team depth chart.

I didn’t mention Steven Stamkos because he’ll play right wing on Team Canada if he recovers in time from his injury. And if Duchene does make the team, he’ll likely play left wing, just as Couture most likely will do.

Seguin can play right wing, it should be noted. But again, with the likes of Stamkos, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp (left or right), Martin St. Louis and Giroux (shifting to right?) in the mix for right wing, among others, where would that leave Seguin?

No doubt Team Canada has watched Seguin a bit more closely as of late, but I don’t think he’s making the team unless there are some key injuries in the next three weeks.