Chara will not be suspended

Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara will not receive a suspension as a result of his
hit Tuesday night in Montreal which resulted in severe injuries to Canadiens
forward Max Pacioretty, the NHL has announced.

Here’s the NHL’s statement.

The Canadiens have set up a page where you can send a message to Pacioretty. Visit it here and wish him well.

Surprised? Really?

• For those of you who read French, Renaud Lavoie of RDS has an excellent blog entry about the incident.

Response from the Canadiens: “The NHL took its decision and it’s not for us to express our opinion publicly” – Pierre Gauthier, Canadiens GM

Habs “livid, very pissed off” upon learning of NHL decision: Stubbs

NHL loses its moral compass in the Chara-Pacioretty incident: Farber

982 Comments

  1. Iceberg84 says:

    It’s like that scene in every mobster movie where the gunman is on trial and they only show the final verdict in which he’s proclaimed innocent despite the fact that he’s clearly guilty and then he smirks at the prosecution and runs of scot free…until the hero guns him down during the climax! Who’s it gonna be habs? Who’s gonna take down this 6’8″, 280 pound goliath! … What? You mean our next biggest guy is 40 pounds less? Oh. Okay then. i guess ‘my buddy’s dad is the sheriff’ excuse will work just fine for Chara. And the masses sigh in agony and move on with their lives… frustratingly…wishing harm upon a hulking beast of a Slovak.

  2. derfab says:

    Unwise decision. The league and the players clearly don’t understand the seriousness of the incident. We, the fans, may have to show them that this is disgraceful. Hopefully we will find an intelligent and civil way.

  3. observer says:

    MAX – sue that little dwarf right out of his job. and sue chara for all you can get out of his big deal. turnbuckle on ice rink is unsafe working conditions. make the slimy money grabber npay thru the nose!

  4. Price_Is_Right says:

    Speechless!

  5. JF says:

    I am sickened and disgusted.  The officiating and discipline in this league are garbage.  No hit to the head, and Chara did not leave his feet; therefore no suspension.  Never mind that the hit was a deliberate action in a dangerous part of the ice; never mind that Pacioretty’s hockey career may be over.  Chara and Lucic and the other Boston goons now feel licensed to go out and do it again.  Who will be next?  What player will those thugs target next game?  What should the Habs do?

  6. craz11 says:

    The NHL is a joke.

    This should be investigated as a criminal offense, and as concerned citizens, we should bring this matter up to the police.

    http://www.spvm.qc.ca/en/nousjoindre.asp

     

  7. lefreak says:

    As much as i spent time arguing against the laying of criminal charges in the previous thread, I find this decision to be absolutely insane. 

  8. dbens says:

    This is arguably the most ridiculous decision I have seen made by Cambpell and his goons, it just goes to show what a joke this league has become and how there is a huge lack of justice. I wish i didnt love hockey and the habs so much so i wouldnt have to keep watching this garbage.

  9. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    BLOOD SUCKER.

  10. Dwayne33 says:

    THE NHL IS A COMPLETE JOKE

  11. Habitoban says:

    Probably already said somewhere, but if it was a clean hit, but with the same result, does that make everything OK? Obviouosly not. There is a systemic problem with the game that is a function of player size, speed and the size of the ice surface. Stiffer suspensions, team fines etc. can’t fix that. Changes need to go deeper. And as an aside, it is an absolute disgrace that HNIC’s theme song is “Saturday Nigh’s Alright for Fighting”, playing over mostyly monster hits and fights.

  12. Barts says:

    The NHL drops the ball again.

  13. observer says:

    BETTMAN THE BROTHER OF WORLD SERIES OF POKER COMMI9SH JEFFREY POLLACK.

  14. Habfan29 says:

    How can we place faith in this league anymore? Mike Murphy is Colin Campbell’s boy, did we actually think that the league would ge this right? Pure Bush LEAGUE…..These assholes in New York need to be replaced and now. Next game Montreal should recall someone and take out Patrice Bergeron…. Bullshit. I say that Geoff Molson should go Ape Shit on Buttman and his merry band of men….

  15. MEGAJOSH says:

    My hypothesis is that the NHL is so twisted and corrupt that they have decided against a suspension on purpose, for the sole reason of further igniting the Habs/Boston rivarly.

     

     

  16. observer says:

    OBVIOUSLY THE BRUINS DISCOVERED USE FOR THE TURNBIUCKLE THAT THE SHYSTER MIDGET FROM NEW YAHK SHEETY INSTALLED AS HE MOVED BOTH TEAMS BENCH’S TOGETHER THEN MADE MILLIONS SELLING RIGHTS TO BUILD THESE TURNBUCKLES TO HIS FRIENDS COMPANIES. WHAT A JOKE CANADIANS ARE FOR ALLOWING THIS DWARF THIEF TO RUN THIS LEAGUE THAT IS NOTHING WITHOUT CANADA!

  17. DearyLeary says:

    Mailing campaign.  I trust someone with a website will be able to set up a central hub for us to pick up details.

  18. habsfaninboston says:

    NHL = bush league

  19. Dansolo says:

    Fecking Bullshot.

  20. Graves says:

    So Wiz got two games for telling Avery to suck a dick. Chara gets nothing, not even a goddamn token fine, for breaking a 22-year-old kid’s neck.

    Fuck me.

  21. fun police says:

    not even a gratuitous one game suspension.  wow

  22. PureGuava says:

    I have a nine year old in hockey that dreams about playing in the NHL some day…I feel absolutely sick over this ruling.

  23. habs4ever2894 says:

    I have no respect for the NHL anymore , this is simply not right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    WE NEED TO GET REVENGE!!

     

  24. usversusthem says:

    I think it’s important to try—at least to try—to be objective about this. But you can’t break a guy’s neck in the process of committing an infraction, late in the second, with your team down 4-0, that you have a personal history with, on a play that, fuck it, looks goddamn CRIMINALLY dangerous, and not have to face a suspension, clean record or not. This is really bad optics for the league. Just beautiful that this would happen to be against Boston, too, because God knows Colie Campbell doesn’t want to see his son’s playoff chances go up in smoke, which is what would happen if Chara was suspended for the balance of the season or something approaching that, and the Bruins had to face a team with some real firepower in the first round instead of New York or Carolina. I still find it laughable that Campbell “doesn’t rule” on cases involving his son’s team… I don’t think Mike Murphy had to think too hard to figure out what his boss expected from him on this one. Disgusting. Absolutely reprehensible. Bush league. 

  25. Captain aHab says:

    We can blame the league all we want but how about the NHLPA? They aren’t really concerned about protecting their players either it would seem.

  26. rogieshan says:

    March 17, 1955 – the Richard Riot.

  27. HabsChick says:

    And Avery gets 6 games for referring to someone’s girlfriend as his sloppy seconds.

    This league is an embarrassment.  I am ashamed to say I’ve followed this league for this long.  What a total fucking joke.

  28. Sisterray says:

    Winning the series 5-1 will be revenge enough. I don’t want to see anything like that hit ever again.

  29. PureGuava says:

    It’s horseshit at its finest.

  30. HugeHabFan says:

    No surprise, as the NHLPA only cares about suspensions, because then players lose their money. Injured players still collect a paycheque so NHLPA does not mind. They are only around to protect player wallets, and suspensions are the only thing that reduces that money. That is why they have never in their history come out against any player who injures another player. Yet they cry foul at every single suspension given.

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