Found August 22, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
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It’s August which means the pool of news in the NHL is fairly shallow. While some would say this gives us a chance to focus on other sports, I say that each passing day is simply one day closer to the start of hockey season. This makes it somewhat refreshing when someone gives us a blog-worthy story to fill up our pool and for us to dive on in without fear of injury or death. (I’m really riding with this pool analogy) What makes it even better is when it is our good “friends” up in Montreal doing what they do best, complaining about things. Okay, fine, complaining is the second best thing they do next to diving (more pool analogies) but its the manner in which they complain that gives me a nice pick me-up laugh early in the day. So what would Montreal be complaining about this time? How about the fact that Zdeno Chara was not suspended for a hit that took place over two years ago? Remember the hit where Chara brutally attacked poor Max Pacioretty after months of plotting and scheming and ended the career of a future Habs superstar and all around wonderful hockey player? No? That’s right I’m confused with how Montreal interpreted that hit, a hit deemed a hockey play by the National Hockey League and resulted in Max Pacioretty returning to the Canadiens line-up the next season and being completely intolerable to everyone except Habs fans. Still didn’t stop the Montreal police from launching a police investigation. Call 9-1-1. The Bruins were being big meanies. Now some Canadian doctor by the name of Pierre Harvey – super French - is bringing it up again, saying that Chara probably should have been suspended for like 80 games. “When I saw that picture I thought, well, he could have been dead. He was unconscious on the ice and I thought well naturally they will punish this guy,” Harvey said, adding that Chara should have been suspended for 50 to 80 games. “The owners have a financial interest in tolerating and promoting violence and we need to be a counterweight,” he said. Granted, this came in a longer conversation about violence in hockey and stuff, something that Greg Wyshynski covers well in the piece about the doctors comments. Yet the doctor still screams angry Habs fan that’s not over it. “He could have been dead?” May I remind him that hockey is a violent sport and that things happen? It was a hard hit, sure, but outside of Montreal and pockets of people who hate the Bruins, many saw it as an ultimately okay hit. Most importantly, the NHL saw it as ultimately clean when they decided not to suspend him as it was an unfortunate situation. Wait, this happened two years ago. Why are we still talking about this? Is Montreal still that bitter? Thank the hockey gods I get these daily reminders of why I hate Montreal.
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