Habs to pursue Pacioretty case at GM meetings

The Canadiens this afternoon have indicated in a strongly worded statement from chairman and owner Geoff Molson that they intend to follow up on the violent check by Bruins Zdeno Chara that put Habs forward Max Pacioretty in the hospital Tuesday night with a fractured fourth vertebra and a severe concussion.

GM Pierre Gauthier will bring the matter forward at meetings of the league’s 30 general managers next Monday through Wednesday in Florida.

The team’s letter to fans from Molson follows:

Canadiens statement from chairman and team owner Geoff Molson:


  1. observer says:

    didnt those other 2 bit honest men like bud selig, mark mcgwire, roger clemens, sammy sosa, etc appear and also lie their guts out there too! DID THEY GIVE HIM A LARGE CUSHION TO SIT ON WHEN HE WAS TALKING?

  2. Rudy says:

    Good on ya Mr. Molson

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  3. floatingineather says:

    Wonderfull ………….and to HIO Stubbs and Boone who were finding it ridiculous to involve the Montreal cops….note to yourselves,, Max granted an interview to TSN and not to you guys

  4. habsfan1001 says:

    Thank you Mr Molson, it  is nice to know that management is not taking this travesty lightly.

  5. lavie says:

    Geoff, you are the man!

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Grocer’s apostrophe?

    Oh Geoff …




  7. jbroderi says:

    That is leadership!!!!  That makes me very, very happy to read that letter!!

    get well patches!!



    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  8. habsinnyc says:

    According to Bettman’s comments on Capitol Hill today (and made avialable on nhl.com):

     “… in fact, the people in the game who I have heard from almost to a person and I will exclude the the clubs involved, believe that it was handled appropriately by Hockey Operations …”

    Bravo to Geoff Molson for the letter, but I’m afraid Pierre Gauthier’s campaign will fall on deaf ears.

    Three game suspension for Kubina, though.  At least the league continues to be completely consistent in its inconsistency.

  9. lavie says:

    The SOB is to be arrested whenever he enters Canadian soil.

  10. observer says:

    remember where chris chelios wanted to send bettman!

  11. Timo says:

    Ooooh… that is heavy 🙂

  12. db says:

    you can double post anytime!

  13. geo_habsgo says:

    This is why I still love my habs. Classy and cool the whole way through. This is an example of a team that has never abandoned the true nature of this sport. I’m proud when I see things like this because it shows us to be the leaders we know we are. Glad to know integrity and class still mean something in this world.

  14. observer says:

    they have to be very small like a little boy who is 5 feet tall?

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Geoff is his boss, not the other way around. Here’s what he should say in person.

    Look you spineless little toad, I’m paying for misadventures in a bunch of dead hockey markets, either get those corrupt hacks out of Hockey Operations or you’re not getting one cent from this organization to prop up your teams that get less attendance than the Calgary Hitmen.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  16. observer says:

    whatever! but arrest and charge chara just when he steps into the bell center and take him away book him and play with chara, the bruins and the hew yahk city shyster bernie madoff i mean gary bettman’s mind!

  17. shiram says:

    I don’t see any way they could fine him for this, he is going trough the formal canal of communications, and everything is proper.

  18. athanor says:

    Certainly players’ is

  19. DearyLeary says:

    I dare him… it would be even more polarizing.

  20. Chuck says:

    So, does Bettman have the balls to fine Geoff and the Canadiens over this?

  21. lenny says:

    Not enough…..needs to be harsher

  22. otter649 says:

    Two Thumbs Up for Mr Molson……..

  23. Captain aHab says:

    Well this restores my faith in this organization. Much better than PG’s original response.

  24. shiram says:

    Great to hear from Geoff Molson, of course he was going to take action, I never doubted it. He just is going trough the formal canals to make his sure what he is saying is heard and taken rightfully into consideration.

  25. jbroderi says:

    That is leadership!!!!  That makes me very, very happy to read that letter!!

    get well patches!!



    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  26. Nahlsy says:


  27. observer says:

    bettman was consistant. in these 2 rulings he helped out jacobs and he helped out wirtz.

  28. Velavok says:

    Bravo mr Molson. May your actions be as strong as your words.

  29. lavie says:

    How come the little Gary Madoff has been ruling the NHL almost 20 years?

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    Great. Man I have been sweating bullets waiting for that. 

    Now let’s put the pressure on the sponsors, wild support for those who step up – Air Canada.

    Come on Tim Horton’s, name a donut after Max, something!!!!

  31. Chuck says:

    It will be, behind closed doors.

  32. observer says:

    started the year habs won the cup in 1993. no canadian team has won the cup since. canada lost 2 hockey franchises. this thief added all kinds of new teams in cities that cant even average 15,999 per game. eleven right now averaging less than that number ALL IN THE USA – yet he opposes anyone especially a guy with a lebanese heritage to wn a team even if balsillie offered  $100 million more than the next highest bidder. this man is a thief!

  33. V says:

    I see from TSN that Bettman is speaking at a U.S. congressional panel discussion on encouraging American kids to get into hockey and used the opportunity to mislead the panel on head injuries… Pacioretty just ran into something.

    I am going to write that panel and tell them that I encouraged my sons to find a different sport – it turned out to be soccer – because of the culture of hockey that encourages actions like Chara’s. It has been in the sport since I played in the 60’s and it is only marginally better.

  34. shiram says:

    Gary Bête-man clearly showed he cares not for canadian based sponsors with his curt retort to Air Canada, Tim Hortons probably just took the more PC road on this one…

  35. Rudy says:

    Disappointing. I say we all buy one stock of Air Canada, and boycott Tim Hortons.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  36. Chuck says:

    It’s better than nothing; it’s a start.

  37. observer says:

    quebec govt should and will screw with them. bettman wont have control of these refs they will use.

  38. HalifaxHabs says:

    I have to say, I appreciate that Mr Molson.

    Now, promise to stick to your guns, and hold their balls to the fire.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    So in other words, the press statement is about as far as these guys are going. Way to take a stand Tim Hortons, not like your spokesman Sid the Kid isn’t sitting in a dark room waiting for migraines to go away or anything.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  40. S_Dot says:

    Love this…one shining light in this moment of tragedy has been the fact that our entire fan base has been united, hopefully that resonates back to the team and Max and they carry it with them

  41. wd40 says:

    Players’ ?  Correct use, no? 

  42. Chuck says:

    From CBC news:

    Other league sponsors were less vocal Thursday, but several issued statements confirming their concern.

    “As Canada’s Hockey Bank, Scotiabank’s role in hockey is based on the love of the sport in Canada,” Scotiabank said Thursday. “Scotiabank will continue to work with the NHL, and the NHLPA to educate future generations of hockey players on respect, safety and team work, and we do this through skills clinics at a minor hockey level.”

    “Our approach is to be very active in the educational area on concussion and drive moral passion on this issue.”

    Iconic coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons Inc. also issued a statement, saying the company “encourages the NHL, the teams and general managers and the NHL Players’ Association to continue to work towards addressing concerns with head injuries.”


  43. Ton says:

    its going to fall on deaf hears I think, could be wrong.  leafs and bruins have aready said it was a hockey play and according to bettman most agreed it was a hockey play and handled well by hockey operations.  it might be one for us to suck up, sad.

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    I spoke with OHL coach’s this morning. They agree that the Max hit was intentional. But they also said a few more things that make so much sense. We have to act now.

    The speed of the game today with all the changes, is making for a more deadly and higher serious result because of the 1 no red line now,  2 the obstruction rule, allowing for no slowing down of the play. 3, And most importantly the body amour worn on the shoulders and elbows that are lethal.

    There is no fear for the player laying on the hit today. He will not be hurt like in the years of softer equipment worn. With the softer equipment, the hitting player had as much chance of getting hurt as the recipient of his hit.

    Can you imagine getting a Gordie Howe elbow wearing this kind of armour, the hospital beds would be full.

    It is all well and good for the NHL to try to put a better finesse hockey product on the ice, I support that, but with what consequences to brain cells and bones. They now have to find a way to put the genie back into the bottle before more of our kids are brain damaged and broken for life.

    Money and greed are dictating the rules, instead of a competent, dedicated and caring group, who will look out for the best interests of our kids and our game.

    Action must be taken right now. If not by the NHL, then by government and the courts. Every day wasted talking, will cause more of our kids bodies a life time of pain, suffering and even death.

  45. geo_habsgo says:

    lol, this is what you just reminded me of.



  46. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still, it’s an organization that really has their hand in hockey with their TimBits hockey program. Perfect opportunity to really take this one and let parents who enroll their kids in that hockey program that they don’t want this happening to anyone. They could have stood right next to Air Canada and built up a stronger voice, but this is a pretty weak response IMO.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  47. ClaytonM says:

    …and we’ll replace you with Ken Dryden (that would be a dream)

  48. ClaytonM says:

    Tim Horton’s response – as weak as their coffee

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