Update: Pacioretty returns home

According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Max Pacioretty has been released from hospital and is back home.

Earlier on Thursday, a a source at the Montreal General hospital, injured Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was able to leave his hospital bed today and walk around for a little bit.

Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra when he was drilled into the stanchion that separates the two benches at the Bell Centre by Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara on Tuesday night.


  1. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh I wasn’t suggesting he’d be back soon. In fact if he plays this season I think people should go after the Canadiens organization for negligence. Pacioretty needs to be resting as long as possible.

  2. rated_R says:

    watch at 1:26 where you can see Max Pac who’s not even in the collision path to that stachion until Chara pushes him into it. He gives him no room whatsoever by the positioning of Chara’s skates.

  3. BJ says:

    Bettman is a first class retard. Its time to get those SOB’s out of our sport. If indeed Air Canada pulls out it should be very clear that if there is a carrier replacement they are boycotted.

  4. habitat says:

    That would awesome, maybe he could fall into a partition!

  5. The McJuice says:

    Does Bettman have the balls to show up at the Bell Centre for a game in the future? I sure hope so…

    Quiet Revolution 2: The Pacioretty Protest

    On a related note, any relation between Colin Campbell and Clarence Campbell? Or Satan, maybe?

    Burn the bandwagon.

  6. J.J. of Turku says:

    Finnish section thanks! :)

  7. lenny says:

    im so angry and there is nothing we can do….

    I can’t beleive Betman gave the finger to Air Canada….

    I want blood

    I hope Chara get his next game vs the Habs….Mara is the only potential….

  8. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Incredibly great news. All I had heard was that he could move his limbs, not that he could like, fully move them. This is excellent. Man, Patches is one tough son of a gun. I knew I bought his jersey a few seasons ago for a reason. 

  9. J.J. of Turku says:

    Has someone a link to that? Please…

  10. joeybarrie says:

    I found this and wonder if it could possibly that easy????


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. lavie says:

    My eyes in tears… sorry.

    Keep it up, Max, my iron man!

  12. joeybarrie says:

    He clearly read my message.

    I wrote into the Habs website for him, and among other things said “I knew he would be back soon cause they said he apparently broke 3 ribs when the Wiz hit him with the puck, and he healed before the next game”.

    Great news….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  13. The McJuice says:

    Man, I hope the Habs play the Bruins in the playoffs so they can avenge Max the Martyr.

    Burn the bandwagon.

  14. HabFanSince72 says:

    I found his interview with Bob MzcKenzie really terrific.

    Intelligent, measured, dignified.

    I’m proud that he wears the CH.

    Future captain?



  15. andrewberkshire says:

    Great, great news.

  16. Lafrich says:

    Atta boy Patches!

  17. Julie H says:

    Way to go Patches!!! We are all behind you :)

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  18. shiram says:

    Max is one helluva tough guy, not a goon or a bully, just plain tough, and resillient.

    I am so very glad to hear evey tiny bit of good news surrounding him right now, and I too sent wishes of speedy recovery from the Habs website.

    Keep it up Max, we are all behind you, wishing you best of luck and the speediest of recovery.

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’re with you all the way Max.


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

  20. Graves says:

    Really awesome news, great to hear.

  21. SPATS says:

    Very happy to hear this, and very happy to hear that Max isn’t rolling over but pointing fingers… It’s all here from a different angle. At 1:24 on this clip    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zq7b6QhVdA&feature=aso   you’ll see the hit from Carey’s pont of view. Very obvious Chara knew where they were on the ice, and who he was engaged with. Even the NESN Bruins commentators acknowledge Chara was in the wrong to finish this check. To say that their history was not a part of this is simply ridiculous. Watch and listen to the NESN guys describe Chara as he’s 3rd man in and hunting for Pacioretty in this video at 1:27     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFX3WaX0Ek  His intention was to get revenge but he’d have to wait another couple of weeks…  you can’t claim it was unfortunate. You meant to do what you did Chara.

  22. dean roberts says:

    absolutely fabulous news! atta boy patches, hard to keep a good man down! keep getting better buddy!

  23. Jay R says:

    Excellent news.  Hopefully, the progress continues to be steady and upwards to a full recovery.

    Every since he took a puck in the chest earlier this season, we saw that he was a tough character.


    25 is a nice round number…waiting patiently

  24. DearyLeary says:

    Get better Max.  We’re all rooting for you.

  25. Thrillhouse says:

    Great news, if true… but maybe on this subject we could stick with things with sources that have actual names, rather than this guy down the street who has a friend who knew something about someone who heard something else purple monkey dishwasher?

    There are people who are concerned with Max, and I feel it’d be extremely inappropriate if something like this turns out not to be true, but gets quoted/requoted nonetheless — especially since doctors were quoted as saying this morning that he’d need to be kept immobilized for quite some time.

  26. Habfan29 says:

    Get well soon patches we are all pulling for you. Get Healthy and come back stronger and better……great news.

  27. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Chara would destroy Mara.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  28. habitat says:

    Question, educate me here, what does it take to impeach commissioner bettman, and his goons murphy and campbell?

  29. OneTimer says:

    Watch the team rally around Max’s injury and come out stronger than ever…Ooh, what I’d give to face the Bruins in the playoffs and embarass them yet again.

  30. carolinahab says:

    If the report is accurate huge sense of relief that he is on the road to recovery. Patches needs to know that Montrealers will throw a parade just for his grit iron determination and courage. As for Mr. Bettman and his concussion stats I suspect they will attribute this concussion to Patches hitting the turnbuckle without mention of Chara’s meaty forearm or 6’9″ body as the driving force.

    Last note how do Brian Campbells words below not apply in this case.

    When the league rightfully suspended Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for his dangerous shove on Brian Campbell, Colin Campbell told the Washington Post: “If you cause a player to be injured, then you have to be responsible for the play that you’re involved in, if there’s any carelessness or recklessness in it.”

  31. FlyAngler says:

    What an arrogant little SOB Bettman is.

  32. Chuck says:

    Yay! Go get ’em, Max!

  33. habitat says:

    God speed recovery MAX,

  34. andrewberkshire says:

    Dave Stubbs may be right, this kid is made of adamantium. How many times this year has it looked like he was massively injured only to see him take the next shift?

  35. Habs64 says:

    Great news:)

  36. OneTimer says:

    Between him, P.K. and Gorges, there’s lots of good young prospects for future captain of the most storied sports franchise in the world.

  37. Julie H says:

    Thanks for this. Makes me hate Chara even more.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  38. FlyAngler says:

    Satan is far more likely.  On another note, Bettman and Murphy are listed on one website as 2nd cousins which presents a rather interesting case of gross nepotism given Murphy’s gross incompetence.

  39. andrewberkshire says:

    No problem!

  40. Trenton_Romulox says:

    He definitely is really tough. Unfortunately, the nature of his injury right now means that no matter how tough he is, it’s going to be a long time before he comes back. But, I think his toughness might be the difference between not coming back at all and being able to come back. If he can possibly make it back to 100%, his toughness and determination will carry him there. 

  41. DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

    The only hab not afraid of standing in front of the net at all costs even with Wiz’s point shot coming in at full speed.  The kid is tough and also very lucky :)

  42. The McJuice says:

    Anyone know where we can get the number of the guy who did Nicolo Rizzuto? Maybe he could take care of Garry for us. 

    Burn the bandwagon.

  43. HalifaxHabs says:

    the Habs, and most teams in the NHL, don’t have anyone in their organization that could come close to challenging him in a straight up fight.

    the only way would cost someone a major suspension.

  44. geo_habsgo says:

    oh lol thanks! 

  45. boris420 says:

    Though I’m still on the fence about this, morally-speaking, I can’t help but express some admiration towards you, sir.

    It’s weird and slightly irresponsible but I kinda like it, you know?

    Like watchin mutton-bustin.

  46. boris420 says:

    It was on another article,I reposted my post. I see the confusion now…oups.



  47. boris420 says:

    I’m hoping they get flooded with calls, have to turn off their phones and get a new number. Bettman has a hard head, you need everything to collapse around him and the more the better. If all he’s hearing is talk about players safety day and night you would think he would eventually do something. I know I could be wrong and he probably will quit before making the big change. I personally haven’t called and not many people have tried but if you have the balls, you have the number.

  48. boris420 says:

    What positive steps? It’s always the same, we’ll talk about it during the GM meeting. We are the fans. We pay their salaries. Enough is enough.


    Try (212)789-2100 for bettman

  49. geo_habsgo says:

    what did you write?

  50. Bugs says:

    Hey! What happened to my mutton-bustin comment???

    Ain’t nuthin but a little mutton-bustin! C’mon!

    Swearin, ze Leader and cellphine numbers is aw’ight but no mentionin’o’muttin-bustin or be damned wit ya?


    (or maybe I just didn’t click “post”…)


  51. geo_habsgo says:

    This is wrong. Please take it down. I know you are frustrated but this isn’t going to help at all. In fact, it will set back any positive steps forward that the Canadiens organization has taken today.

  52. boris420 says:

    BIG NEWS! I found out through a tip and I was able to get Mike Murphy’s (NHL VP of Hockey Operations) CELL NUMBER: (416) 697-2125. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!HABS fans and true hockey fans, let him know how you feel about his decision on Chara! Spread this fast before he discontinues his number!



  53. Exit716 says:

    There are rules for the Bostons and New Jerseys of the world and rules for the Habs.

    Simple as that. That little condescending prick Bettman is in the pocket of the Devils and Bruins ownership.

  54. mb says:

    Having a broken vertebrae, itself, isn’t far worse from having any other bone fracture.  However, if the vertebrae is displaced, then major problems may occur, because the nerves and roots in the spine can be compressed.  In Pacioretty’s case, the injury is on C4 vertebrae… and in C4 is the root that innervates the diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing.  If it had been displaced, and the root had been compressed, then he could just have stopped breathing.  THAT, to me, is what’s the most disgusting… He was “that” close to have serious breathing issues.

    But then again, that’s not worth a fine, right? a suspension?    NHL has become a joke.

  55. SPATS says:



    It’s all here from a different angle. At 1:24 on this clip    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zq7b6QhVdA&feature=aso   you’ll see the hit from Carey’s pont of view. Very obvious Chara knew where they were on the ice, and who he was engaged with. Even the NESN Bruins commentators acknowledge Chara was in the wrong to finish this check. To say that their history was not a part of this is simply ridiculous. Watch and listen to the NESN guys describe Chara as he’s 3rd man in and hunting for Pacioretty in this video at 1:27     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFX3WaX0Ek  His intention was to get revenge but he’d have to wait another couple of weeks…  you can’t claim it was unfortunate. You meant to do what you did Chara.

  56. Laramy87 says:

    Kubina was not known as a dirty player and now he has 3 game suspension…. dirty player…

    All it takes is one hit

  57. Bugs says:

    You mean, like the bad guy in “The World is Not Enough”, whatsisname, the Brit, the Full Monty guy, 28 Days, whatsis damn name, dammit? Anyway, like him?

    You can still do everything but you feel no pain?

  58. The Teacher says:

    I had a C4-C5 vertebrae fracture and nerve compression. I had it for two years and slowly lost trhe feeling in my arm and leg..Had surgery to fix it but not the same.

  59. habs63 says:

    Glad to hear he is going home. The Montreal Canadiens will treat him well.

  60. CHCanadien says:

    That’s great news….Go Max Go!

  61. Habifornia says:

    Best news I’ve heard since the injury… man, the kid is made of stern stuff! I hope he recovers completely and gets his career back on track soon. Just imagine the reception he’s gonna get at his first home game… the crowd on its feet, him skating around, a deafening roar from the crowd, who then start chanting his name like something out of Gladiator… “Maximus, Maximus, Maximus!!”


    “Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me”. – PK Subban

  62. Nahlsy says:

    http://www.ctv.ca/generic/generated/static/business/article1937409.html There we go folks, let’s get the pressure and the accolades going towards their sponsors to continue taking a stance and issuing even stronger statements to the NHL about their disregard for the never ending wave of brain injuries.

    Air Canada, Scotiabank, Tim Hortons, Visa and Canadian Tire are all mentioned in this article for various statements and stances (ranging from big by Air Canada to modest by Canadian Tire). It’s we as fans and customers that can put pressure and accolades on these companies to and for making their disfavour with the state of the game known to the league.

  63. Bugs says:

    I won’t start showing relief until the Pac-Man starts taking shots on the EKG machine.

  64. Bugs says:

    Ok, I’ll bite.

    How much a share?

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    sorry next page

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Caught a bit of it going back and forth for groceries, he was right on.


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

  67. Timo says:

    It’s hilarious… i am looking at my portfolio and some other stocks I am keeping an eye on (about 50 altogether and it’s red across the board today… shitty day for the markets. However, there is one single stock that is in green – Air Canada). Hockey gods? :)

  68. HugeHabsFan says:

    Hockey gods for sure Timo! :o)


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


    Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  69. Jordio-oh says:

    a few good quotes from the Bob McCown show on the Fan590:

    “sean avery waves his hand in front of brodeur and that was offensive enough to change the rules the next day. After 75 or so concussions this year alone, they’re denying it’s even an issue”

    “on a week where you have a kid break his neck, the leadership of the nhl is in arizona holding press conferences and whining like 12 year olds that a watchdog group won’t let them break the law”

  70. observer says:

    chicago – the other ruling for them. same group.

  71. scrowe21 says:

    If this is true, this is great great news. So glad to hear he is doing this well given how bad of an injury this is… It’ll be a miracle if concussion symptoms don’t get worse before he gets better though.

  72. jennifer1984 says:

    not sure if its been posted but on the Habs website Geoff Molson has responded and written a letter to the fans.

  73. observer says:

    so bettman you stole our nords from us, now play games like one day we will have a team again if quebec and canadian taxpayers pay for a new hockey rink – well maybe when or if bruins meet habs in these playoffs , and bruins arrive at bell centre, quebec justice dept. arrests and charges chara with assault and takes him to the dogpound!

  74. Nahlsy says:

    Good luck on your rehab Wolverine, hopefully you can come back at 100% and continue to have a long and healthy career!

  75. Trisomy 21 says:

    It is funny that Bettman said he’s received support from two teams… Who Boston and Phoenix?

  76. Praj12 says:

    Just read an article in the G&M and they were discussing whether the federal government should be involved in this issue. I say yes they should be involved. The Government should step in and  BAN CHARA from entering Canada for an entire year. This would really send a message that this type of behaviour is not accepted in our country and our national sport regardless of what that RAT Bettman thinks.

  77. NoTinFoilCups says:

    It’s such a relief to hear Max is up and walking so soon. A good sign that he will make a full recovery. I finally got to see video of the incident this morning and felt sick to my stomach. What is it going to take to get this crap out of the game?

     Cammy was right on when he said there are two types of hits, to take an opponent out of the play or do damage when you find a player in a vulnerable situation. According to what Gomez said about players awareness of this area of the rink the check definitely falls into the latter category. 

  78. Bugs says:

    He’s not a dirty player. He’s never been suspended and he has no antecedents. He only has one. Hardly the mark of a dirty player, c’mon. Right?

    I mean, that’s how that works, no?

  79. Timo says:

    Last I check was 2.71… If I were you I would not invest a fortune.

  80. nfldanchor says:

    Chara is now known as a dirty player and when he hits the next player on another team the reaction will be much different. He will be a marked man because I believe that most Nhl players will take exception to any late or illegal hits he makes in the future.

  81. Jordio-oh says:

    Bobcat and I differ on our opinions regarding football (read: soccer) but we share the same disdain for head shots and the leadership of the nhl.

    He calls it like it is on most occasions, whether you like what you hear or not.

  82. Samovich says:

    Excuse my ignorance, but can some one explain to me what a fractured verterbre is? How can he be sent home, and walk around with such an injury? thank you.

  83. Timo says:

    Again, great to hear.

  84. Da Hema says:

    I am so happy tears are almost swelling in my eyes! What great news!! We are so fortunate this young warrior is now walking at this time.

  85. Garcia129 says:

    The though of that damn well nearly brought tears to my eyes.  OK, I’m a softie, but this has hit me hard.

  86. geo_habsgo says:

    So spam calling these men is going to make them come to their senses and realize that they have been wrong all along? Sorry if I don’t follow your logic. This will only strengthen their resolve to screw the team over. I am mad too and I would love to make a difference but if you think that they will take your call and let your voice be heard you are dreaming. 

  87. Nahlsy says:

    Kubina doesn’t play for Boston, neither does Gillies.

    Kubina also declined to let Thornton wail on him a week or so ago and had it coming.

  88. Nahlsy says:

    I caught the tail end of it on CBC Newsworld, but can’t find anything on the web about it yet. I was hoping someone else might have seen something about it somewhere

  89. Nahlsy says:

    I was thinkinf Flee since we’d b getting away from him. I agree that 4 letters would be ideal though

  90. Timo says:

    Let’s not bring his people into this, ok? Let’s not involve anybody’s people. It’s about bettman the prick and the rest of the NHL top brass pricks. Their people (whoever they are) have nothing to do with it.

  91. Timo says:

    Good one… but seriously. Some one on here should know some people who know people… we’ll all chip in.

  92. Graves says:

    Actually, there is. Certainly not to the same extent, but saying thuggery is exclusive to Canadians is like saying diving is exclusive to Europeans. Both statements are demonstrably false.

  93. LA Loyalist says:

    G*d I hope there is an appeal. Or at minimum management should be saying for the GM’s next week. Guess what? We need an appeal mechanism, and gee, let’s draft one right now on the back of a f*cking napkin we all the GMs here and enough lawyers.

    Grounds: 1. the undue haste in which the hearing was convened and conducted.

                  2. the apparent conflict of interest between Campbell’s son’s team being involved and him trying to get around said conflict by having his lackey Murphy conduct the hearing. What the hell is Murphy going to do? He has to do what his boss wants! That’s not arm’s length. Campbell should have gone to exraordinary lengths to at least appear to not be influencing the hearing. They could have brought in a respected third party, someone retired, without a dog in the fight – Gretzky even, to look at this. And then form a committee to review the overall policy.

    This is absolute bullsh*t and we need to escalate it, not let it wither, even as we all hope Max makes a miraculous recovery the point is the same. He could just as easily be dead.

    If we don’t, one of our few stars will be next. I absolutely guaranty you that. Open season on skill players in the NHL.

    Bookmark this post. I abso-f*ckinglutely guaranty you this will happen again if we do not collectively raise a st*nk.

    God bless you and keep you safe Max.

  94. observer says:

    the turnbuckle is in all 30 rinks BECAUSE the shyster from NYC GARY BETTMAN made all teams put BOTH BENCHS on the same side of the rink which never was done before AND placed that TURNBUCKLE in between them.

  95. observer says:

    no way! he could be walking 2 people away from you and if you were looking straight ahead he would be below your line of vision. besides he is surrounded by guards constantly like all organized crime figures. the man is a disgrace to his people.

  96. jbroderi says:

    where did you hear that??
    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  97. jbroderi says:

    where did you hear that??
    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  98. jbroderi says:

    where did you hear that??
    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  99. observer says:

    because wirtz’s player had been elbowed AND because jacobs player is bostons best d-man in a year they are a contender.

  100. habsfannfld says:

    speaking out when someone breaks one of your players neck, is not unclassy

  101. jbroderi says:

    where did you hear that from??


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

  102. Chuck says:

    Where did you hear it from?

  103. joeybarrie says:

    Your wrong about the Quebec Gov’t.

    People calling in are looking to be heard. By investigating they show a respect for the people and an act that cuts down on the retribution.

    Thats the biggest part of the no suspension that hurts. Justice was not done. So there will be those who will take it into their own hands, and when it happens it will be squarely on the hands of Bettman, Campbell and Campbell’s flunkie who apparently made the decision (he does not deserve to have his name mentioned).

    Bettman is corrupt, this is known. He is inconsistent and reactionary. He deals with each instance seperately and without regard for any kind of repercussions. The penalties have rarely ever made sense, which makes Campbell just as bad.

    They did NOTHING after the game went to 182 penalty minutes, and you wonder about those who were saying “WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE NHL TO DO SOMETHING”. Well we still don’t know, but so far it’s slightly short of paralysis.

    As for Bettman’s comments to Air Canada. Well, I guess we will see what happens when reps from the STAR ALLIANCE get together with other large companies and what future business they will do with the NHL.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  104. Timo says:

    That’s pretty encouraging to hear.

  105. BoomBoom says:

    Right now…get better Max and a big F–K You to Bettman, Campbell, Julien, Neely, and the rest of the Bruin Nation  of dolts including the players and fans and the wort announcers in the NHL.


  106. LA Loyalist says:

    At the end of what in general was a pretty good article summaring the events up to date, the Toronto Star ends up blaming us, saying we should have fixed the stanchion.

    “And at the very least, the league and the Montreal Canadiens should have acted immediately to make its stanchions safer to collide with.

    Someone smashes into you with their car, deliberately, and you drive a small economy car, well, it’s your fault for not driving a big Mercedes. 

    This is moron logic, and needs to be called out. The writer is Eddie Lee, along with other NHL pr hacks behind the scenes I am sure.

    Go crazy, there is a place for comments. http://www.thestar.ca/sports


    P.S. when is our management holding its press conference?

  107. habsman-itoba says:

    I wonder why the NHL cannot see the logic:  Chara broke the rules.  In doing so, a player got terribly injured.  Shouldn’t the offending player be punished, not for intent, but for recklessly breaking the rules causing injury?  I mean, really.  People get punished for man-slaughter, which arises where the accused did not intend to cause death or serious injury but caused the death of another through recklessness or criminal negligence.  Are the circumstances that different?  Substitute “death” with “injury” and “criminal negligence” with “infraction of the rules”.  Chara recklessly broke the rules, and now Max is out.  And the NHL sits back and pats itself on the back.

    “Oh, gee, officer, I didn’t mean to speed, run the red light, and plow into the line up of people buying Justin Beiber tickets, honest!”

    “Oh.  Well, if you didn’t mean to, I’ll let you off with a warning.”

    Still angry in Manitoba.

  108. Chuck says:

    For marketing purposes, and to make it fit on a logo, it shouldn’t be too long of a word. I’m thinking that 4 letters should be about right.

  109. habsgirl74 says:

    can anyone make sense of why Kubina was just suspended 3 games for an elbow to the head but the Chara hit is not worth any punishment?

  110. Mats Naslund says:

    “If you cause a player to be injured, then you have to be responsible for the play that you’re involved in, if there’s any carelessness or recklessness in it.”

    Colin Campbel – March 2010 re: Alex Ovechkin’s 2 game suspension.

  111. Storm Man says:

    If I see Bettman at the Bell Centre and Im within 40 yards of him ……….. You can fill in the blank.

  112. Habifornia says:

    Fearless prediction: Max will play again soon, hopefully next year, and will come back even stronger. Then, Chara will have to answer, and I don’t mean by a simple fight. 



    “Mr Gainey, you will not regret picking me”. – PK Subban

  113. observer says:

    the dirty thing from nyc stole quebecs team, now plays with their head for a new team – well gary bettman you now will be schooled as the trouble they give chara is really spitting in your dirty little smirking face.

  114. Nahlsy says:

    The FBL. We’ll call it something about Bettman League. Now we just need a word that starts with F to put in the front. Anyone got any ideas that fit?

  115. jbroderi says:

    I have never been, or ever will be a fan of Don Cherry, and I will not go into the reasons now.  BUT, the one thing I will say about Don is that he always has the players safety on his mind first and foremost.  I know about the rants about visored players, and all that and I know that he likes fighting etc etc etc, but he hates that there is no touch up icing and he hates dirty intent to injure plays.  I think he has a real chance to shed a big magnifying glass on the issue with this issue, and given the severity of the play, i think he will be hard on the league on this one. 

    I don’t get how all of a sudden this turned into a “clean hit in any other part of the rink”.  well, it wasn’t clean, it was late and high, and also, if I trip you from behind 10 feet from the boards and you break your neck, am I responsible??  after all, at any other spot on the ice, you would just get back up.  the argument hold no water and i am shocked at how many people in the media are trying to find justification for the hit. 

    Intent??  who knows, but he DID it.  That is all that really matters.  you drive through an intersection too fast and kill a child.  you are responsible.  Did you want to murder him/her??  I would hope not, but you DID and that is all that matters.  Same as with Chara.  Both know the risks involved in that play and in the car.


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

  116. joshua94k says:


    A FaceBook event calling for a peaceful protest is being planned for March 15 at the Bell Centre. They also want the Canadiens to take up the matter to speak up about illegal head shots.


    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  117. wd40 says:

    must be the adamantium.  schwing! 

  118. lavie says:

    Time to think about setting up new Canadian based professional Hockey League. CNHL- Canadian National Hockey League.

  119. wd40 says:

    Based on what McGuire said I didn’t think there was an appeal process.  Hmm.

  120. Nahlsy says:

    This kid has Wolverine’s healing prowess in him or something. Didn’t he play for Michigan?

  121. A. Berke says:

    This is a very good news and I hope that Max heal to full health soon (and please not rushing him back to the game before he’s 100% well).

    In the meantime buttman and co along with bruins and their stupid followers can go to hell.

    BTW, when I lived in MTL in the 60’s it seemed that “contracts” were not that difficult to put out, what happened?

    Ali B.

  122. Ton says:

    well said, let the cards unfold themselves…………its happening, got to be patient but man did they get away with the perfect crime.

  123. BJ says:

    Just heard that the Habs are submitting an appeal and are expecting shortly some sort of reply. The team should pursue this.

  124. MTLForever says:

    im glad that pacioretty is walking.

    im pissed at bettman. once again he proves that he is a disgusting troll

  125. habaddict_andy says:

    If you are refering to Canadiens management as being silent, I would say they chose to have more class by not saying too much of what they think.  I’m sure Pierre Gauthier spoke to him and told him what he really thinks.

    And kudos to Max, he is a tough fellow.  I hope he does get better and come back to the game even stronger…imagine that.

  126. tbonesr says:

    happy to hear you are feeling better max-pac. listening to hnic radio on sirius, cannot believe how “in the know” commentators believe this was simply a hockey play. some even have the audacity to say max is half responsible for not protecting himself!!! question : what if it was luke schenn or mikhail grabobski? and where is pierre gauthier?

  127. homerbowen says:

    Take the emotion out now that 24hrs has passed. Yes, in my opinion, Chara should have been suspended for shoving Max’ head into the tranchion, but the League chose not to so move on. No sense us looking for retribution as they have at least 3 players that can kick the crap out of anyone on our team, although I would love to see Gomez go wiith him. So what else can we do, well how about go out and win most of the remaining games for a start.

    As for the Quebec Govt seeking an investigation…forget it as it just makes us look like cry babies.

    As for Air Canada`s threats to cancel NHL sponsorship…geez why do that. Would they have done that if it happened in Columbus in a game between the Bluejackets and the Blues, somehow I doubt it. They should stick to what they do best fly people from point A to point B safely, comfortably and on time.

  128. Lafrich says:

    One of the arguments that drives me nuts is the one about how if this happened somewhere else on the ice, he would be ok. There are hundreds of plays EVERY game where a player could take advantage of that post, but they don’t! Why? Because it is dirty and disgusting!!! Why is this looked at any differently???

  129. jbroderi says:

    that news is awesome!!!  I hope he takes it slow, there is no rush.  Like I said earlier.  I can see him scoring a game winning goal in mid june, just not sure if it is this year!

    keep going big guy


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

  130. lavie says:

    Hope the rat speak more words like this, which will be good evidences for police investigation.

  131. TheMock780 says:

    Bettman’s comments today are just more proof of what a scummy low life he is.

    He should never show up to the Bell Centre again cause he doesn’t deserve to breath the same air as Pacioretty. The blame the victim mentality in the NHL head office is a joke

  132. Hobie Hansen says:

    After going completely bonkers over this for just under 48hrs now I think we’ve got to leave this in the hands of the people or organizations that can correct the NHL’s failure to react accordingly.

    As much as the CBC, specifically Don Cherry, gets on everyone’s nerves, I’m sure they’ll have a pretty good segment regarding this on Saturday night. I know Cherry has been after Chara in the past for not being a sportsman and going after smaller players and I can guarantee Ron MacLean would love to have Gary Bettman come on CBC Saturday night. Bettman will probably decline and chicken out as he always does.

    The police are investigating and Air Canada is considering dropping their sponsorship along with Tim Horton’s entering the conversation.

    It would be nice if the NHL came out and said they’ll seriously review their punishment policy and take a long hard look at ways to make the game safer.

    It’s been amazing to see all the support Max Pacioretty has received and it has been refreshing to see that even though most people like a hard hitting game that there is definitely a limit.      

  133. mrhabby says:

    great news on MAX P…


    PS..I doubt air canada would leave they also receive alot of dollars from NHL teams as the main carrier.

  134. habsfaninboston says:

    Great news! Get well soon Patches!

    FU Bettman.

  135. habfan01 says:

    Article on NESN.com says Chara claims he didn’t know it was Max- he had no idea Max was on the ice.

    How does an All Star Defenseman with 13 yrs in the league not know who the opposing forwards on the ice are? The more he talks the guiltier he sounds.

  136. Danno says:

    Bravo Max. You are one tough hombre and have far more courage than a lot of people out there who remain silent in the face of this ugly incident. It’s a bloody shame that one of the few voices to take a stand on this issue is the victim himself.

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Max. And best wishes to your family too.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  137. Jay R says:

    Is there a way to increase the heat on the NHL, Owners, etc. to get rid of Bettman and Campbell?  they’re ruining the NHL and they should go.

    I am not familiar with starting up a petition or organizing a campaign for raising the awareness of what these two have been doing to the NHL – especially since the lockout. 

    Just after the lockout the increase rule enforcement meant very enjoyable hockey where the game was based on skill and speed.  But with each passing year, the league has been reverting back to goonery (if that’s a word) to win games. 

    What a shame, it was a pleasure to watch the skill following the lockout!  And, teams that built themselves for that style of hockey were being reward until the past couple of years.  What an utter shame on Bettman and Campbell!



    25 is a nice round number…waiting patiently

  138. HabFanSince72 says:

    The problem is that thuggery in hockey is kind of a Canadian thing isn’t it? I mean I don’t think there is this sort of stuff in the Swedish elite league or in the NCAA.


  139. drivefor25 says:

    Fire Bettman. Of course! What else could I possibly be thinking of lol?

    Fan since ’71

  140. -Kevin says:

    Do I think Chara intentionally did this? Definitely.

    Do I also think the Canadiens organization should fix the stanchion? Definitely.

    Quite simply because there are players in the league like Chara who don’t care for the well being of other players.

    Is it the Canadiens fault this happened? Definitely not, but I do think they should fix the stanchion in order to prevent a hit like this in the future.

  141. lavie says:

    I am for it: getting rid of the rats!

  142. mrhabby says:

    this type of action would require the owners voting for removal of Bettman..not likely to happen.

  143. otter649 says:

    Would it ever be interesting if Chara had to take a lie detector with questions Did You know Max Pac on the ice or Was the hit to the head into the barrier intentional etc………

  144. Danno says:

    If Mike Murphy presided over a murder trial I guess he would accept the accused’s defence of “I didn’t know the gun was loaded,” and let the killer walk. Or if he had to rule on the Bernard Madoff scandal he would have no quarell with Bernie’s explanation that “it was just a business play.”

    “I had no idea who I was hitting.” Sure Zdena…

    (Mike) Murphy’s Law – Anything that can go wrong is totally excusable.

    Campbell, Murphy, Bettman and Chara all went to the same school.

    Come pick up your diplomas gentlemen…



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  145. sims says:

    he is one tough sob.

    that bullet in the ribs from wisenewski would have put me into early retirement. now this?  i picture some type of rocky healing montage

  146. Nahlsy says:

    I’ve heard something about Tim Hortons, Scotia Bank and Labbats all joining Air Canada in their stance against the NHL and their disregard for head shots, but I only caught the tail end of it. Did anyone else hear exactly what was said?

    (Steven Harper’s thrown his scolding of the league in as well, but money’s what will talk here I think)

  147. habs365 says:

    He answered my question…when you’re a dummy you don’t know who’s out there…..

  148. habs365 says:

    I agree…nothing wrong with hard hitting as long as the player doing the hitting is not trying to maim the other player like the scumb bag fro Boston on Max-Pac…….

  149. BJ says:

    Bettman would mean nothing if it takes advertising funds out of the leagues coffers. They are already struggling in the cities that are dragging down the league (Buttman’s choices). 

  150. observer says:

    dont know if posted below but trhe new york city shyster thief liuke madoff tells tsn on their site that there is no need to legislate head shots any more. quebec will school this piece of work. chelios was correct about sending him where he said bettman should be sent. 100% right! just bettman!

  151. ed lopaz says:

    what happened???

    All the guys who would take the contracts ended up in politics with cushy jobs.


  152. observer says:

    bettman the racist didnt allow balsillie a team twice even though he was both a billionaire and honest because balsillie had lebanese roots

  153. Nahlsy says:

    CTV News has an article in the business section of their website that mentions Scotiabank and Tim Hortons expressing concern over the events. Rexall and Canadian Tire were also mentioned as having pressure on them to release a statement, but have declined so far apparently?



  154. Nahlsy says:

    That’s what I was thinking below too. He played for Michigan and the kid heals fast. I like it more than Patches personally.

  155. Ayan_SB says:

    Just call him Wolverine.

  156. Mats Naslund says:

    It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so incredibly inconsistent.

  157. Fansincebirth says:

    Damn, I saw this on the highlights this morning and giggled to myself that Kubina was probably going to get 5 games for the elbow….never thinking that this pathetic BS of a league of idiots would ignore Max’s brush with death at that hands of Chara and toss 3 at Kubina.

    BTW, way to go Maxmeister

    Where is the justice?

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  158. Black Snake Moen says:

    to really put things into perspective, and to demonstrate how badly the NHL has failed here, Pavel Kubina was suspended for 3 games for this incident vs. the Hawks in last night’s game

    and technically, yes this was a “head-shot”, but the leagues priorities are obviously very convoluted if they choose to suspend a hit in which the player victim did not even fall to the ground, and having an incident where a player had his head rammed into a metal pole and was left unconcious for 10 minutes and fractured vertebrae go without any accountability.

    truly sickening.


  159. Timo says:

    He broke his silence… thank goodness.

  160. punkster says:

    Whew! Step one…check.


  161. geo_habsgo says:

    Such great news. Keep it up Patch you are even braver than I thought!!

  162. Kain292 says:

    This is great news. Absolutely wonderful.

    Being a Habs fan is a way of life, and a great one at that.

  163. deggy24 says:

    Sure have lost a lot of respect for these hockey commentators, half of them are blaming Max.

    So their spouse gets hit by a car speeding (Chara’s trip on the play), zooming through a stop sign (the interference infraction), and the driver is drunk (the head shot, reverse slew foot toss into the turnpike); and you are going to say it is your spouse’s fault? And the law is going to give him only the speeding ticket?

    Hey just a driving violation (hockey play).

  164. observer says:

    yes there are corrupt judges as well! why is it anyone expects honesty out of that money grabber thief gary bettman?

  165. oshawahabsfan says:

    Good to hear, we’ll be winning for you Max!

  166. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Wouldn’t it be something if Patches came back and changed his number to 33? 

  167. aemarchand11 says:

    I bought a Higgins jersey when the new style edge jerseys came out.. Nobody had them, that I noticed anyway.. But then he got traded, so that is a major downer, but I still wear it.

    Chances are a Patches jersey is next, just hoping he doesnt change his number If/When he returns to the ice.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  168. ed lopaz says:


    strange but true.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  169. Trenton_Romulox says:

    I’m wearing mine to classes today at McGill. I remember two Christmases ago when I opened it, I was so pumped. Wore it all day. This preseason I saw a girl wearing a Pacioretty t-shirt in the Bell Centre and I almost talked to her because I’d never seen anyone else with anything Patches-related before, but I didn’t, she was far too attractive to talk to haha. Anyways, I hope to see more Patches jerseys soon, ’cause right now, the only people wearing Patches stuff that I’ve ever seen are Pacioretty himself, myself, and that girl. 

  170. aemarchand11 says:

    Anybody else going to go out and get a Pacioretty Jersey?? I think they should be seen around the bell centre more often. Kid is a machine.

    Downside, that money goes to the NHL back into Campbell, Murphy and Bettmans pockets.

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  171. The McJuice says:

    I’m having the same dilemna. I want to show Patches my support but I don’t want to give the league any money…

    Burn the bandwagon.

  172. FlyAngler says:

    Hopefully, Chara will be cursed by the hockey Gods and go the way of Kyle MdLaren right into hockey oblivion.

  173. Habanero Gomez says:


    Ironically I think it is actually fitting that there was no suspension.


    Becase no suspension or fine can excuse Chara’s actions on Tuesday…

    And the Bruins and NHL once again have effectively demonstrated what classless and out of touch organizations they are respectively…

  174. Top Corner says:

    Great News !!!

  175. jrshabs1 says:

     …this just in from Charlie Sheen’s twitter account….Gary Bettman has just been added to the troll list. Also, it has just been learned that Bettman thought he had been drinking tiger blood when in fact it was snake blood the whole time. Canadians it seems have known this since 1993 but somehow thier American cousins are/were clueless of the mix-up….more to follow.




    Go Habs Go!!

  176. habfan01 says:

    … Max’s testimony is KEY INFORMATION that the prosecution was missing.

    No this was the defense hearing. No prosecution involved.

  177. DearyLeary says:

    “If you cause a player to be injured, then you have to be responsible for the play that you’re involved in, if there’s any carelessness or recklessness in it.”
    – Colin Campbell, on decision to suspend Alex Ovechkin for his hit on Brian Campbell.


    Is there anything else to be said?

  178. SeriousFan09 says:

    NHL is the only institution in NA that only asks the perpetrator for their side of the story in an investigation. It’s absolutely pathetic.



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

  179. ed lopaz says:

    I have not been able to think about anything since the incident.

    The fact that Max is walking around just made me smile for the first time since that 4th Hab goal went in.

    2 things really, really bother me about this:

    1) the fact that the NHL TOTALLY RUSHED to have a “telephone interview” with Chara, and did not take the time necessary to investigate all of the facts- as a radio caller mentioned on the Tieman show,


    that would have taken 15 minutes and delayed the decision less than 1 day.

    Max’s testimony is KEY INFORMATION that the prosecution was missing.

    Max understood perfectly well how Chara’s elbow and arm came up, and forced him into the turnbuckle.

    Based on his past history with Chara, and the way he was hit into the corner, Max concluded that Chara was gunning for his head.

    Max is no idiot – he would not have made that kind of statement unless he was urgently trying to get a message to the league.

    He was calling out to everyone to know that the league had totally missed the boat on this one.

    2) Gary Bettman.

    Holy crap – does the NHL ever need a new commissioner or what??

    Air Canada – a very reputable company and sponsor – has a problem with the NHL and Bettman tells them to take a hike!!!

    If I was Air Canada’s CEO I would be fuming mad over this type of repsonse.


    From everyone in my family, we wish you a quick recovery, and the health you deserve.

    All the best, Max!!!

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  180. ed lopaz says:

    agreed  – it smells like they were rushing this thing through.

    a real organisation should take its time.

    the call on the ice was 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and a game misconduct.

    doesn’t that deserve some time to work things through?

    why not speak to Max?

    Maybe max would have said that it was NOT Chara’s fault – I was so surprised by Max’s statement, because

    he really laid the blame squarely on Chara and his intent.

    I can’t imagine watching the game tonight, but now that max is at least walking around, I guess I’ll try.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  181. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Great news! Hope he recovers fully and completely. No thanks to the NHL and Chara. Meanwhile the NHL is determined to be brain dead dinosaurs. Air Canada, one of their biggest sponsors, threatens to walk away from NHL if changes aren’t made and the NHL’s (National Headshot League) response …

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told QMI Agency in an email Thursday morning the league will not get into a war of words with the airline.

    “We referred them to our public statement,” wrote Daly. “We have no intention of engaging with them further at this point.”

    I hope the Leafs enjoy skating around Herb’s Massage Parlor Centre. Beyond braindead, these people.  



  182. rocketsglare says:

    Great news that Max is walking!!!

    Go Habs Go!


  183. nfldanchor says:

    Chara is a caveman who should have been sent out of the NHL for at least 10-15 games. What a careless and reckless play that could have caused a life. Gary Bettman is another fool who tries to downplay the incident as part of the game. If thats part of the game then they will lose an awful lot of sponsors and fans. Protect the players first then let them play hockey. My kids are in Bantam and Peewee and have been taught you are respnsible for your actions on the ice since they were in Novice. Thats why suspensions are handed out for head shots and hits from behind regularly even in minor hockey. But the NHL which all the kids watch certainly set an example over the last few days and Bettman and Chara are poor examples for all real hockey players and fans.

  184. wd40 says:

    Such good news about Pacioretty.  

  185. J.J. of Turku says:

    Would be cool if those for example 750 000$ would count in cap hit too…

  186. HNS says:

    I love this news. This really made my day. One day at a time Max. This is not over! That being said……

    It’s so difficult to let this go due to the gross injustice of the incident. Why is this so difficult for the NHL to figure out. The variations of these rules can be tinkered with in any way. Game suspensions should be given out as per offense. As with head shots….First time offense, 20 game suspension, Club fined $250,00. Second time offense, 40 game suspension, Club fined $500,000. Third time offense, player BANNED from the NHL, Club fined $750,000. After the incident of any one of these offenses, the team immediately forfits that game.

    If these types of guidelines would not get a player to think twice about his actions, either the player is so stupid he does not deserve the privilage to play in the NHL or the Club is so ignorant in it’s management decisions.

    Screw you Chara you sh*thead!!

  187. J_P says:

    Seriously! Let’s see here:

    Crosby? Hit to the head.

    Perron? Hit to the head.

    Pacioretty? Head forced into the stanchion by opposing players arm.

    Seems like theres a trend emerging here…Last I checked, hockey players dont tend to just run into inanimate objects at full speed as gary seems to be suggesting…

  188. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mafia lawyer.


  189. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    It’s almost sad at this point how out of touch he is…..

  190. LA Loyalist says:

    Go Max! We are happy and proud of you.

    In other news, you can go to TSN,  or here is the text of what Sh*thead Gary B had to say. I thought I was angry before!


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    WASHINGTON — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says there’s no need to “over-legislate” head hits.

    Speaking after a U.S. congressional panel discussion Thursday on encouraging American kids to get into hockey, Bettman pointed to a trend this season.

    “What’s interesting … is that the rise in concussions in the preliminary data from this season seem to be coming from accident events, collisions, players falling and banging into other things, not from head hits,” he told reporters.

    The issue has been front and centre this season, especially this week in the wake of Max Pacioretty being hospitalized with a severe concussion and fractured vertebra. The Montreal forward was slammed into a stanchion holding the glass at the Bell Centre on a hit by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

    The NHL subsequently elected not to suspend Chara.

    “Our hockey operations people are extraordinarily comfortable with the decision that they made,” Bettman said. “It was a horrific injury, we’re sorry that it happened in our fast-paced physical game, but I don’t think whether or not supplemental discipline was imposed would change what happened and in fact the people in the game who I have heard from almost to a person … believe that it was handled appropriately by hockey operations.”

    The issue of head hits is expected to be raised again at a meeting of NHL general managers in Florida next week.

    As for Air Canada threatening to pull its sponsorship over such injuries, Bettman says the league can find other carriers if the airline doesn’t want its business.

    “Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars that’s their prerogative, just like it’s the prerogative of our clubs that fly on Air Canada to make other arrangements if they don’t think Air Canada is giving them the appropriate level of service.”


  191. PeterD says:

    This just shows how far out of touch Bettman and the NHL is with the average fan and the need to do the right things to preserve the integrity of the game.  At this point the lack of intregrity is appalling.

    I hope Air Canada does pull their advertizing dollars…if enough sponsors stood up with corporate integrity and took a similar stance the NHL would feel it in the bank accounts and that would force action.

    I also hope the Montreal Police take action in this incident due to flagrant and deliberate intent to injure Max…the photos do not lie…Chara intentionally raised his forearm up to Max’s head and neck area just as the stanchion came into the play.  Clearly, with Chara and Max skating int he same direction towards the boards and the stanchion, both players were aware of theri surroundings and the potential for injury.  THe difference here is with Chara initiating the hit and his body and arm position it was Chara that removed any option Patches might have had to not hit the stanchion…the effect we all see in the video and photos…Max’s head and neck being driven intentially into the stanchion.

    Max, as fans we are all praying for a speedy and full recovery and no limiting factors so you can resume a full life in and out of hockey.

  192. ed lopaz says:

    “Our hockey operations people are extraordinarily comfortable with the decision that they made not just comfortable- – but EXTRAORDINARILY so. who says that?


    its absolutely a cover up for someone who has a TON OF DOUBT – maybe subconsciously – but there is doubt.


    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  193. Mr.Hazard says:

    Holy Moly!! Wow.

  194. dhenry1234 says:

    wouldn’t it be a miracle if Pac’s recieved a full recovery and was fully fit to come back for the last game of the stanley cup playoffs where we destroy vancouver 5-2 in Montreal :O

  195. PeterD says:

    Well done Max…we are praying for you and a speedy recovery to full health.  Man you are a monster…keep healing kid.

  196. aussiehab says:

    what a battler. really impressed by his resilience. go habs

  197. christophor says:

    I hope they have someone watching him to make sure he doesn’t jump at the wall or something harder.


  198. The McJuice says:

    But seriously, I hope he has some security in case Chara comes to finish the job…

    Burn the bandwagon.

  199. IAMLEGEND says:

    Always knew he was stronger than most people. This kid can sure take some hitting. Hope he recovers well and only return when fully healthy next year. My best wishes to you Max and your family!

    Grabovski- please get a decent haircut!

  200. The McJuice says:

    So much for muscle atrophy, eh? Good news.

    Burn the bandwagon.

  201. adamg84 says:

    Just awesome news!! Thata boy!! 

  202. Admiral_Adama says:

    This City needs to show its support by buying (sorry, but a t-shirt isn’t blowing anyone’s budget) Pacioretty Habs t-shirts.  Next home game, we Patch-Wash the Bell Centre to show our love and support.


    So say we all.

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