Brad Marchand is one of those players that you hate to play against, but you love him if he’s on your team. David Backes admitted that the phone calls he received from the two veterans definitely helped him settle on the idea of joining the Bruins. “Talking to [Marchand] a little bit during the interview process before July 1, I hung up the phone and kind of had to take a deep breath and say, ‘Is that the little disturber, pain-in-the-butt? In an exclusive interview with CSN’s Joe Haggerty, Backes reiterated that both Bergeron and Marchand are a “pain-in-the-butt” to play against, but he quickly added (with a smirk) that Marchand is more ‘obnoxious’ (click the video at the top of the page for the full interview).
The Anaheim Ducks traded Frederik Andersen to Toronto this summer and will turn to John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier in net this season. During last season’s campaign, Anaheim split time very evenly between Gibson and Andersen. Gibson started in 38 games and Andersen in 37. In 2016-17, the Ducks will lean on Gibson more with Jonathan Bernier likely starting around 20 games. Gibson Looks to Play Lead Role in Net In the 2016-17 season, he will get the opportunity to play a full season as the Ducks starting goalie. Gibson made his first appearance in the NHL during the 2013-14 regular season and playoffs. Since then he has played in 66 NHL games with a record of 37-21-4, a goals-against average (GAA)