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Pacioretty Update

from TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on Tuesday, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin.

“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it’s not displaced,” Martin said. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

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Those are some serious injuries, I’m wondering how much they will effect his suspension length. Also wonder if their past history will be taken into account. I wonder if Chara’s Norris trophy credentials will be taken into account. My guess is sorta, no, and yes.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/09/11 at 03:09 PM ET

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“Severe concussion” was almost a given, but a fractured C4 is some rough shit. I’m actually a bit speechless.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/09/11 at 03:17 PM ET

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After watching the replay, IMHO Chara knew exactly where he was on the ice and what he was doing when he slammed Pacioretty’s face into the glass at the end of the bench. An strong argument for a suspension for the rest of the season, a la Bertuzzi, can be made.

I hope Chara gets 20 games or more. I don’t care if the hit was legal or not. This isn’t the 1950’s anymore, these guys are so much bigger, faster and stronger than in the days of “old time hockey.” Just because you can make a hit, doesn’t mean you should. Players need to learn they can ease up a bit and still make a hit, play the body, take their man out of the play, etc. without severely injurying a guy.

Many hockey pundits have been saying for years that it is only a matter of time unitl an NHL player gets killed on the ice during a game. That almost happened last night. At the very least, the NHL should make checks into the boards in the vincinty of the benches illegal.

And the NHL needs to listen to the one thing Don Cherry gets right: ban hard-outer-shell elbow pads and shoulder pads. The combination of bigger, faster, stronger players hitting each other (even accidentally) in the facial/head area with that hard-shell body armor is causing too many concussions. Oh, and while I’m ranting on my soap box about player safety, ban that heavy seamless glass that has no give to it.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/11 at 04:49 PM ET

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Chara broke his F(*O&^*% neck! He should be done for the year for that hit.  However, “Collie” (Gary’s lapdog) won’t do doodley-squat (to quote Vonnegut).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/09/11 at 04:53 PM ET

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Just announced, NHL will not suspend Chara.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/11 at 05:40 PM ET

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Get well Max, come back strong.

Hope he doesn’t go all “Steve Moore” on Chara. This will just give Moores attorney more fuel, since he’s not only suing Bertuzzi, but the entire league.

Posted by TheFreak on 03/09/11 at 06:11 PM ET

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