Montreal forward Max Pacioretty spoke to TSN veteran writer Bob McKenzie today.
Recovering from a severe concussion and fractured verterbrae, the wings is obviously upset about a number things.
Here’s what he told McKenzie:
“I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him,” Pacioretty told TSN. “I’m not mad for myself, I’m mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it’s okay, they won’t be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.”
“It’s been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I’ve got a fractured vertebrae, I’m in the and I thought the league would do something, a little something. I’m not talking a big number, I don’t know, one game, two games, three games … whatever, but something to show that it’s not right.”
“I heard (Chara) said he didn’t mean to do it. I felt he did mean to do it. I would feel better if he said he made a mistake and that he was sorry for doing that, I could forgive that, but I guess he’s talking about how I jumped up or something.”
“I believe he was trying to guide my head into the turnbuckle. We all know where the turnbuckle is. It wasn’t a head shot like a lot of head shots we see but I do feel he targeted my head into the turnbuckle.”
Hopefully Chara will reach Pacioretty soon and they can iron out their differences. As for the league, well we all know how that goes. From Pacioretty to Marc Savard to any other number of guys, there’s rarely justice in the NHL.