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Chara's hit on Pacioretty

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i was watching the game last night and i thought after the incident occured that it wasnt gonna be anything extreme....

again at the speed this game is going today is going so fast you really cant tell if he really intended too or not. i dont think he did, so really the nhl made a good decision.

at the same time it bothers me that some b's fans are going all out aboot it and think they are the better franchise and blah blah blah. its entertaining to watch but seriously, some people take it too far. :ph34r:

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Bettman and his cronies need to go before the NHL goes from Laughing Stock of the professional sports in NA to somewhat legitimate. Disgusting.

Like I've said on this board before, and to hockey fans I know, Commissioners should be like Presidents and only be around 8 years, maybe even 10 and that's it. We've been stuck with this moron and his ideas for 17 years now. It's time for some fresh blood and new ideas.

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I'm actually shocked arenas are different around the league. This is the NHL, the best league in the world, not a rec league.

Yes... because every other arena and stadium in every other league is built by cookie cutter standards. :blink:

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its bull the league did nothing. he broke his 4th vertebrae and serious concussion. heck his career could be over. all chara gets is 15 penalty minutes. bull

in the video it looks like he ran into him. they went against the boards and he put his arm up and pushed his head against the glass. the sad thing is also max doesnt know what happened even after, he is out cold. best wishes to him.

i know this has nothing to do with what happened in detroit, but seeing all the players around makes me remember the fischer incident

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LOL Habs fans have been calling the po po over this...

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AvKsAtxdcxiE_qLg3JxbvHV7vLYF?slug=ap-canadiens-pacioretty

Shortly after the NHL announced it wouldn’t take further action against Chara, Montreal police were inundated with calls from people seeking to file a criminal complaint against the player. A spokesman said police suspected the calls were inspired by a media outlet that suggested the idea.

The police spokesman described the gesture as “irresponsible”—and urged Montrealers to keep the emergency line free for actual life-and-death matters. “Someone in the media has been telling people to call the police to complain,” Sgt. Ian Lafreniere said. “This shows a serious lack of responsibility.”

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Air Canada threatens NHL

UNRISE, Fla. -- Air Canada, one of the NHL's largest financial corporate backers, is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship if the league doesn't take "immediate" and "serious" action on headshots, QMI Agency has learned.

In a strongly worded letter addressed to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday, Denis Vandal, Air Canada's director of marketing/communications, expressed concern over recent incidents of headshots and concussions.

The letter came in the wake of Tuesday night's controversial hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty at the Bell Centre. Following a telephone hearing Wednesday with NHL VP Mike Murphy, there was no punishment for Chara.

"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara 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."

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league got it right. no suspension necessary for that hit.

loving the new wallpaper, too.

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PACIORETTY TELLS TSN HE IS 'DISGUSTED' AT LACK OF SUSPENSION

"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.

"It's been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I've got a fractured vertebrae, I'm in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something," said Pacioretty.

"I'm not talking a big number, I don't know, one game, two games, three games...whatever, but something to show that it's not right."

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Pacioretty disagreed with Chara's assessment of what happened on the play.

"I heard (Chara) said he didn't mean to do it. I felt he did mean to do it. I would feel better if he said he made a mistake and that he was sorry for doing that, I could forgive that, but I guess he's talking about how I jumped up or something."

"I believe he was trying to guide my head into the turnbuckle. We all know where the turnbuckle is. It wasn't a head shot like a lot of head shots we see but I do feel he targeted my head into the turnbuckle."

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This is going to sound heartless, but I completely agree with no suspension in this case. It was an every shift hockey play that unfortunately had terrible results.

Pacioretty sounds to me like he is being advised by his lawyers and building up a case - which I frankly have little sympathy for. It's hockey... You're a warrior - act like it.

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I was at the grocery store yesterday. I took someone's head and guided it right into the driver's side mirror. Glass shards in their face... they threatened to call an ambulance chaser but I claimed interference... had to wait to get in the store for 5 minutes. The Kart Kid saw no problem with it. Neither did the Cops.

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There should have been a suspension. I don't think there was an intention to break his neck, but you've got to be WAY more responsible than to push a guy head first into a glass wall.

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Didn't really expect a suspension.

"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.

"It's been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I've got a fractured vertebrae, I'm in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something," said Pacioretty.

"I'm not talking a big number, I don't know, one game, two games, three games...whatever, but something to show that it's not right."

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This is going to sound heartless, but I completely agree with no suspension in this case. It was an every shift hockey play that unfortunately had terrible results.

Pacioretty sounds to me like he is being advised by his lawyers and building up a case - which I frankly have little sympathy for. It's hockey... You're a warrior - act like it.

This reeks of another situation which involved one of our current players where a player was seriously hurt. The Chara hit wasn't pre meditated but the legal threat and bulls*** is very similiar.

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Didn't really expect a suspension.

"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.

"It's been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I've got a fractured vertebrae, I'm in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something," said Pacioretty.

"I'm not talking a big number, I don't know, one game, two games, three games...whatever, but something to show that it's not right."

I agree with Pacioretty. I don't like suspending because of injuries but this is one place I would bend my belief. I don't think Chara meant to do this, but there is no way to really know. Therefore, a game or two would have shown that this type of hit is not okay, but the league understands that it can happen in the course of the game. Hopefully this would lessen the incentive for dirty players to use the tactic and not overly punish players when it does happen (and there is a significant injury).

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As police probe looms, opinion sours on Zdeno Chara hit

Tanner Glass of the Vancouver Canucks was one of the first players to really speak up about the intent to injure from Chara, via Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province:

"If you polled 700 NHL players, 680 would say he knows exactly what he's doing and knows the turnbuckle is there."

"I thought it was a dirty play. I thought he knew exactly what he was doing."

Via Big Bad Bruins Blog, former Bruin Steve Montador spoke about the Chara hit on WGR 550 in Buffalo, and didn't necessarily buy that Chara didn't know where he was on the ice when administering the hit:

"It's easy for me from this side to speculate, but that part of the rink in Montreal, where the benches are, I'd like to think that everybody, unless it's their first game there on the first shift — they might not be 100 percent aware of it — but having played against Montreal a bunch with Boston and with Buffalo … you're pretty familiar with the ice," he said.

"I got a sense that Zee meant to hit him in the way that he did, but I don't think in any way that he wanted the outcome to be the way that it did. The puck had already been chipped past Zee. Maybe just the emotion of that game and from games previous [led to it].

"I think Zee knew what he was doing there, but like I said, in no way would I think that he'd want to hurt him like that."

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I don't think I've ever seen such an instance of poor sports like I've seen with both Air Canada and whatever is going on with the Montreal Police being involved. This is getting way out of hand, as funny as it is.

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