BOSTON -- The Zdeno Chara story isn't going away any time soon. Police agencies in Quebec are launching probes about whether to charge Chara with, I presume, assault in the wake of the Max Pacioretty hit.
And late this afternoon, Habs owner Geoff Molson issued this statement on the team's Web site decrying the NHL's lack of suspension in the case.
Among the highlights:
"The news of the NHL decision yesterday was a hard blow for both the players and fans of the Montreal Canadiens. 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."
"Our organization believes that the players’ safety in hockey has become a major concern, and that this situation has reached a point of urgency. At risk are some of the greatest professional athletes in the world, our fan base and the health of our sport at all levels.
"We understand and appreciate hockey being a physical sport, but we do not accept any violent behavior that will put the players’ health and safety at risk. On this specific issue, I am asking for the support of the 29 other NHL owners, to address urgently this safety issue. And I am willing to play a leadership role in coordinating this group effort."
Molson said Habs GM Pierre Gauthier plans to make this a primary issue at next week's GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. Stay tuned.
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