MARNER PLAYS A ‘HEAVY GAME’ DESPITE STATURE: CAS­SIDY

Sunday Sports - - BRUINS AT LEAFS - — Terry Koshan

That Mitch Marner tips the scales at just 175 pounds doesn’t carry much weight with Bruce Cas­sidy.

“Marner, I don’t know how much he weighs, you would have to tell me,” the Bos­ton Bru­ins coach said of the young Maple Leafs star. “But try get­ting the puck from the kid. He plays a heavy game with the puck, a strong game with the puck.

“We try to be phys­i­cal against him within the rules of the game and he is still strong on it.”

It’s the de­sire of Leafs coach Mike Bab­cock to see his club use a heav­ier ap­proach in gen­eral. Cas­sidy sees a chal­lenge in the Leafs any­way.

“They might not be as big as some of these teams, but they are strong on the puck when they get it,” Cas­sidy said. “I would say they are more speed than heavy, cer­tainly. I don’t want to cat­e­go­rize them. It’s dis­re­spect­ful to say they are less heavy than this team or that team. When they are ef­fec­tive they are strong on the puck and that’s when they are heavy.”

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