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Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 4:38 pm
 


Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson wrote in an open letter released Thursday that he shared fans' “frustration, disappointment and shock” with the NHL’s decision not to suspend Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for a hit that led to serious injuries to Habs forward Max Pacioretty.

“The news of the NHL decision yesterday was a hard blow for both the players and fans of the Montreal Canadiens,” Molson wrote. “It was one which shook the faith that we, as a community, have in this sport that we hold in such high regard.

“The Montreal Canadiens organization does not agree with the decision taken yesterday by the National Hockey League. We can assure you that we have made our position clear to Commissioner Gary Bettman, and that he has agreed to make this issue a priority at the next General Manager’s meeting, which will be held in Florida on March 14-16.  Pierre Gauthier, our General Manager, will be present at this meeting and has already expressed his wish to carry out, clearly, our message to his 29 counterparts and to the League.”

Molson (above with former Habs player Alexei Kovalev) did not say whether the organization was in favor of a police investigation launched into the incident. 

The full letter can be found here
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:55 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:44 am
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

Few thoughts:

1.  We all know Chara didn't try to make a truly dangerous hit, but it ended up that way.  A 2-gamer would probably have been a common sense minimum suspension.  Maybe changing the glass so that there is a short extension at an angle into the crowd (18 inches or so) at the turnbuckle would be a good idea to avoid future hits into a solid pole.
2.  First guy to criticize someone else's grammar on an internet chat board always, always admits total defeat on the substance of their argument.
3.  'Shallower" is perfectly good grammar, the attempted snide comment is factually incorrect. One is 'thinner' than someone else, 'smarter' than the average bear, 'younger' than Joan Rivers.  8-th grade grammar fail.
4.  The best one of all:  Criticizing niggly nothing points of grammar to someone posting IN THEIR SECOND LANGUAGE is the act of a moron.  Send me a 5000-word essay in German tomorrow and I'll get it graded.  I say again, the act of a moron.


You lose, arsewipe.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:07 am
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

OOOhhh yeah c'mon little doggie! 
There must be tons of freezin' ice back then their near the Loan Star border up yonder the Texas Panhandle I reckon....wwoooowweee. A Northern Yankee turned Southern gent I do declare! Must gottin' stuck on the trail down there on the count of that their Tornado alley or somethin"! 
This cowboy must really be followin' em hockey news in the Okie papers on the last page ,last column to the left with em giant eyeglasses or what. Hockey is real big way down there after the Friday Night Football and travellin" rodeo show!  Yeeehhhaaawwww partner, your particular to that them there tall city slicker gent from the ole country aint ya? 
Real good ole boy he is, even if he did almost send a Connecticut Yankee to meet his maker!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2011 9:41 am
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

That's the best you got chump? Repeating over and over what I posted sprinkled with some simpleton insults? 

Land sakes alive ! I reckon this okie from miscokie must be a speed demon on skates in a state that hasn't seen ice in centuries!

What we got here is a real hockey expert I tell 'ya!
Yeeehhaawwww!




Really? That is the best you got? No actual argument that makes sense in any way at all? I realize it is hard to come up with facts in a debate like this when you have such a low IQ but I expected more. Couple of corrections for you however. First it is Okie from Muskogee. Grats on getting the state right though. Second Oklahoma actually has alot of ice every year, just cant skate on it. Lastly I grew up in Massachusetts, lived there for 30+ years. I do not claim to be an expert on anything but this I have zero doubt about. I have forgotten more about hockey than you will ever know about it. You are just a fool who likes to start arguments, admittedly you do excel at that. Congrats!




Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:34 am
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

 Am posting from another thread, but feel to post again on this thread to be pertinent:
"We can only guess that some folks north of the border still need to generate hot air for warmth at this time of year." Wes Goldstein.
Wes, appreciate most of your columns, perhaps in your travels you might have noticed that Canadians as a whole are a rather demure bunch, happier to make fun of themselves than at the cost of others feelings.
 Not quite sure whom you are referring to by the term " we", I'm guessing Americans.
Am I right?
Hockey in the major cities is no longer the inexpensive sport all could partake in. If a ten year old is talented and makes the city team, you are looking at 3, to 4 K, and you still have to wake up very early in the morning to bring them to their games, often inter-city games will garner additional expenses.
 The Montreal Gazette this morning was inundated with replies from hockey mom's and dad's proclaiming they're thinking of taking their two or three children out of hockey programs as a result of the NHL not taking responsibility of the health and welfare of the players.
This nothing personal towards Dino Chara, but more so a direct disappointment of how the NHL reacted to the situation.
 We have heard long and hard how the NHL is trying to cut down on head injuries this whole season, yet here lays a man, full concussion, broken neck, created by an illegal geste (interference) the replay definitevly showing a late push by Chara, sending Max Pacioretty into the stanchion.
 Did Chara want to harm Pacioretty to this degree, I certainly hope not, and wish not to believe.
 Should Chara layed off and not given that extra shove, absolutely.
When I played the game the goalposts were secured by iron posts, not the giveaways you have today.
 This common sense of not sending a player into a dangerous situation was just that,common sense, or should I say common decency.
 Believe Chara did not want to break Pacioretty neck, although he might have said so after Max scored an overtime winner and gave him a slight shove, the kind roller derby women would give to their teamates to help their impetus.
Do not make light of the Canadian, or north of the border, this may well be the deathknoll of the NHL. Concerned parents are fed up with worrying, and I think Canada still supplies over 50 % of the Players to the NHL, not to mention the revenues that those 6 teams bring in keeping afloat oh so many of you knowledgeable teams and  fans to the South!



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:33 am
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

That's the best you got chump? Repeating over and over what I posted sprinkled with some simpleton insults? 

Land sakes alive ! I reckon this okie from miscokie must be a speed demon on skates in a state that hasn't seen ice in centuries!

What we got here is a real hockey expert I tell 'ya!
Yeeehhaawwww!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

you're way off track mon ami,i have posted on most threads here regarding this hit and i have not seen any rejoicing over the incident.Boston fans showed their appreciation for what Chara has done for the team over the last few years and rightly were giving a little back when it must have seemed to him that the knives were out.I have absolutely no doubt that sports fans all over the world no matter what sport would have given one of their favourites the exact same reception.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

Man are there some sick sick bastards on this board!!!!
 I knew, as do all other NHL fans, that most Bruins fans watched hockey . a sport they obviously have never played and know none of the rules, to see goons fight and players get crushed into the boards and be taken off the ice in stretchers. Not to witness speed and skill, the very basis of this great sport.But to read some joyous comments on here, you'd think some fringe Bruins fans believe hockey should be played in the freakin' Rome Coliseum! You know the kind of rednecks that watch Nascar to see some car wrecks?
Luckily the Boston Globe had it right when they polled their readers and 68% thought Chara should be suspended. Bravo to them! Shows it's just a minuteminority of escaped lunatics. 
But for the other complete psychotic and insane fans on the fringes of society, that make the " Arizona Shooter" look and sound pretty damn good these days, you my disgusting barbaric feeble-minded morons are tops on the psychiatric-meds-needing scale!
To laugh and rejoice at a 22 year old kid sprawled on the ice with a broken neck??? And give that other sick bastard a standing O?
The gene pool is DEFINITELY becoming shallower every every day.
This world and the society we live in are really going to hell...




First off the gene pool is getting MORE shallow every day not shallower. You are right about this and also part of the proof. I have this this exact post on 2 seperat threads now. I assume it is because you lack the intelligence to actually form a coherent thought or actually know the game of hockey. Any non-hater would see what happened. I would explain it to you again but I would be wasting even more of my time so why bother. Either way, why waste our time with an idiotic post with the symbols in between the words? It doesnt prove a point and takes away from  any valid ideas you may have, however unlikely that may be. Lastly try and create new posts for each time you post rather than pasting one into different threads. Good call on the gene pool and way to help prove it.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

If someone is stupid enough to take a run at Chara on the 24th I say all the power to them... I'll have some respect for them for at least trying.. Either way this whole ordeal is casting a really black cloud over Chara the team and the NHL because of the outrage from those who think he did it maliciously and from those who don't think he did. Either way not a great situation and especially for the guy who got hurt.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Habs owner: 'Faith' in NHL shaken over Chara flap

Obviously people gonna get fired up over this but lets put our emotions aside like the men I hope we all are (because women have no say here ;) ) and look at this logically. Was there intent to push Patches into the boards? No. Did Chara want Patch to get injured? No, BUT can we ever really know that? Was Chara perhaps a little bit negligent in his on-ice awareness which led to the injury? Perhaps, but so was Max, so maybe..just MAYBE Habs fans, your boy is just as much to blame for trying to skate around this monster of a man near the board scansions as Chara is himself for hitting him. Hockey players on both sides of the puck need to be aware of where they are on this ice and what the situation is. If they used there brains as much as they use their speed we would avoid scary incidents like this. No suspension, but let's be careful out there.


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