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08:28 AM ET 03.10 | Nearly everyone has offered an opinion on Zdeno Chara's hit, and Max Pacioretty had his say on Wednesday. Pacioretty shared his thoughts with TSN after learning earlier in the day of the NHL's decision not to take any further disciplinary action against Chara, who checked Pacioretty into the bench divider at the boards. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on the play. "I am upset and disgusted that the league didn't think enough of [the hit] to suspend him," Pacioretty told TSN. "I'm not mad for myself, I'm mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it's okay, they won't be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt."

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March 10, 2011  08:41 AM ET

You be the judge.....



The NHL doesn't have the the stones.

March 10, 2011  08:50 AM ET

I am a B's fan, and have watched Chara play in many, many games going back to his time with Ottawa, and I do not believe he is a dirty player.

That being said, I think the league still should have suspended him.

I hope Pacioretty makes a full, quick recovery and is back on his skates.

March 10, 2011  09:04 AM ET

LET'S GO FLYERS.

March 10, 2011  09:06 AM ET

I had said I would have no issues either way, but I'm actually surprised he wasn't given a cpl games, at least. I don't believe Chara is dirty to this degree, but people who pretend he doesn't get his shots in when he can are misguided. He's got the same mean streak as Pronger, its just a little less pronounced.

Fact of the matter is, we've all seen players get run into the stanchions before, just never head/face first like this one. It happens, as unfortunate as that may be. We all hope Patch gets better and can play in the league again as soon as possible, but to think this was a criminally negligent play is misguided as well. As some analyst said last night - its a hockey play gone wrong.

Do you think the fact the B's are in a playoff race was taken into account? You think he gets suspended if he's playing for the Sens and not in the hunt at all?

This is, once again, big news on U.S. networks. Wouldn't it be nice for the NHL to get some publicity for good things once in a while?

March 10, 2011  09:08 AM ET

While the NHL may not have the stones, this is just the tip of the iceberg by not doing anything as far as supplementary decipline over this unfortunate...accident.
The following is just in and was sent to Gary Bettman by a major NHL sponsor.
While some could suggest that Air Canada will be easily replaced by other sponsor's, I think it quite likely that, in fact, other sponsors could follow a similar suit...

QUOTE:
"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty(notes) and Zdeno Chara(notes) at the Bell Centre in Montreal," wrote Vandal. "This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently."

Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada's brand.

"From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality.

"Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey."

March 10, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You be the judge.....The NHL doesn't have the the stones.

Man, this deserved 2 games but not much more. Also, the penalty called was appropriate. The interference was violent and therefore, the rules allow for a major to be called in the event of injury. Additionally, sending Chara off the ice prevented retaliation by Montreal at the end of the game.

PS, if it's any Defenceman on the Flyers, he gets 20 games.

March 10, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

While the NHL may not have the stones, this is just the tip of the iceberg by not doing anything as far as supplementary decipline over this unfortunate...accident.The following is just in and was sent to Gary Bettman by a major NHL sponsor.While some could suggest that Air Canada will be easily replaced by other sponsor's, I think it quite likely that, in fact, other sponsors could follow a similar suit...QUOTE:"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty(notes) and Zdeno Chara(notes) at the Bell Centre in Montreal," wrote Vandal. "This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently."Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada's brand. "From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality."Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey."

I think it is admirable of Air Canada to take a stance like this.
Sadly, I do not believe it will change Colon Campbell's very suspect methods and reasoning for disiplining players.

So I wonder what will the Air Canada Centre now be called?

March 10, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Fact of the matter is, we've all seen players get run into the stanchions before, just never head/face first like this one.

Jack Johnson on Ryan Smythe?

March 10, 2011  09:22 AM ET

My feelings on this particular hit and the lack of supplemental discipline notwithstanding, i'd tell whatever white collar weenbag from Air Canada that sent that email to go eat a hot bowl of dick and wash it down with a cool refreshing glass of ****.

Where was Air Canada when Cooke took out Savard? Where was Air Canada when Scott Stevens was making a career out of blindsiding folks? But a CANADIENS player gets hurt and now they are gonna pull their brand? Pull it then. You wanna make a stand over something, then make a stand over getting Bettman, Daley or at the very least Colin Campbell replaced. That would be worth making a fuss over without potentially alienating all the non-Habs fans.

March 10, 2011  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

cool refreshing glass of ****.

ess tee eff you

March 10, 2011  09:24 AM ET

Oops, Smyth.

March 10, 2011  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

.Fact of the matter is, we've all seen players get run into the stanchions before, just never head/face first like this one.

you forget Claude Lemeiux running Kris Draper headfirst into the stanchion and breaking his jaw and orbital bone

March 10, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

My feelings on this particular hit and the lack of supplemental discipline notwithstanding, i'd tell whatever white collar weenbag from Air Canada that sent that email to go eat a hot bowl of dick and wash it down with a cool refreshing glass of ****. Where was Air Canada when Cooke took out Savard? Where was Air Canada when Scott Stevens was making a career out of blindsiding folks? But a CANADIENS player gets hurt and now they are gonna pull their brand? Pull it then. You wanna make a stand over something, then make a stand over getting Bettman, Daley or at the very least Colin Campbell replaced. That would be worth making a fuss over without potentially alienating all the non-Habs fans.

Also a valid arguement.

I personally do not believe it had anything to do with it being a Habs player - more that Colon(blow) Campbell, and therefore the League, cannot show one bit of consistency regarding hits like this and injuries to players.
The fact is the hit "looked" bad, and Pacioretty is hurt, regardless of the intent.

Injuries happen, and are part of the game, and hindsight is always 20/20 (except in the league office, I guess).

March 10, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Should have given Chara a couple just to prevent an all out brawl the next time the B's and Habs meet. Hope that game is nationally televised for my personal entertainment, but it will again be on ESPN to show how barbaric hockey is.
BTW, I know Lemieux's comments took a lot of flack...EVERYWHERE, but look at how the NHL botched this situation not even giving 1 game to Chara for obliterating someone.

March 10, 2011  09:36 AM ET

You can't judge a hit like that just because the guy got hurt. Suspensions aren't based on injuries.

March 10, 2011  09:36 AM ET

No suspension was probably the right call...Had this occured during a different period, Chara would have been rubbing him out on the other side of the ice along the glass (all the way along that side of the rink). Montreal just happens to be one of the few buildings that has this area between the benches partitioned off...others don't.

March 10, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

While the NHL may not have the stones, this is just the tip of the iceberg by not doing anything as far as supplementary decipline over this unfortunate...accident.The following is just in and was sent to Gary Bettman by a major NHL sponsor.While some could suggest that Air Canada will be easily replaced by other sponsor's, I think it quite likely that, in fact, other sponsors could follow a similar suit...QUOTE:"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty(notes) and Zdeno Chara(notes) at the Bell Centre in Montreal," wrote Vandal. "This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently."Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada's brand. "From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality."Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey."

"And to further confirm our outrage Air Canada will be adding a $25.00 surcharge to the tickets of anybody suspected of being a hockey fan," said corporate marketing excutive Denis Vandal.

March 10, 2011  09:41 AM ET

If the partition was not there, then I don't think it would have been a penalty there. The question is Did Chara intent to drive his head into it or not. I feel like he had to know what he was doing and where they were on the ice. If that's the case then suspend him. I heard there was motive from a previous game, but I haven't seen anythign on it.

What if this were a star player? Sid, Ovechekin, ect....would it be different? I think it's in the league's best interest to protect their players and prevent future injuries. If they start losing some of their best talent, they will have an even worse product to sell.

All that being said, players today are a lot bigger, faster, stronger they can cover the ice so fast that major injuries are going to be more common. Olympic rink size could be a solution, though it would never happen.

I would like to see stats on concussions now vs 10-20 yrs ago.

March 10, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

If the partition was not there, then I don't think it would have been a penalty there.

Yes, there still would have been an interference penalty.

 
March 10, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

While the NHL may not have the stones, this is just the tip of the iceberg by not doing anything as far as supplementary decipline over this unfortunate...accident.The following is just in and was sent to Gary Bettman by a major NHL sponsor.While some could suggest that Air Canada will be easily replaced by other sponsor's, I think it quite likely that, in fact, other sponsors could follow a similar suit...QUOTE:"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty(notes) and Zdeno Chara(notes) at the Bell Centre in Montreal," wrote Vandal. "This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently."Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada's brand. "From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality."Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey."

Tell Air Canada to worry about flying and not the NHL.
I think their extra fees are socially irresponsible. How's that for sounding as stupid as they do.
If they leave another sponsor from Canada will come in.

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