Pacioretty: Don't criminally prosecute Chara

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Pacioretty: Don't criminally prosecute Chara

Associated Press
One day after expressing his anger at Zdeno Chara, and stating that he feels the hit Chara delivered was deliberate, Max Pacioretty issued a statement saying he doesn't want Montreal police to prosecute the Bruins defenseman."I sincerely appreciate all of thesupport that I have received since my injury," said Pacioretty, who suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture of the fourth vertebrae when he was checked into the stanchion between the benches at the Bell Centre by Chara on Tuesday night."I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara."However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel thatthe incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game."I understand that this is not mydecision. I have respect and admiration for the authorities in Quebec.I simply wanted to make my opinion clear."
Montreal police started a criminal investigation Thursday, saying they were acting on arequest by Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions, LouisDionne. After evidence is collected, it will be determined if there aregrounds for prosecution, they said.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?