Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin updated the media on Max Pacioretty’s status this morning.

“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.”

I’m sure the NHL will take into account the severity of Pacioretty’s injury when determining Zdeno Chara’s punishment. We’re still awaiting word from the league as Chara and his teammates practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.