Thoughts from Montreal
posted at 3/10/2011 4:09 PM EST
Hey Bruins Fans,
Reading the B-Globe regularly, I thought I'd drop a word or two in this blog.
I understand your comments. Some ppl are "over reacting" to Chara's hit on Pacio. What I call "over reacting" is writing stuff like threats to injuries and hate messages.
You guys may want to take a quick look at this article : "As police probe looms, opinion sours on Zdeno Chara hit - Greg Wyshynski, from Yahoo.com" It's a pretty good update on the whole situation.http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/As-police-probe-looms-opinion-sours-on-Zdeno-Ch;_ylt=AsOYmKML4F0vNKc_gKbVEVk5nYcB?urn=nhl-wp27
My opinion on the incident comes down to the fact that someone has to do something about the fact that a man can, without any consequences, hit another man in such a way that the victim could be killed or severely injured. The NHL didn't do anything about the hit and, most importantly, the NHL didn't do anything to protect their players from future injury. Worst still, the fact that they didn't do anything about it puts a lot of ppl at risk, including you and me, 'cause there'll always be some fans out there, whether they're from Montreal, Boston or whatever, who'll grab the opportunity to take care of justice themselves when something like that goes unpunished. It might happen on the ice... and we have no players who can fight Chara... so what do you think will happen if, for some reason, someone on our team decides to do something about it ? Headshot ? Dirty hits ?
If the NHL took care of their responsabilities, there wouldn't be any outsiders (fans, police, government, Air Canada...) trying to fix what I would call a major problem. And it's not only a problem for Habs fans... you guys have a worst recent history than ours (Bergeron, Savard...).
Choosing not to do anything about it can only lead to a tragedy, and that tragedy could end up being on your team, just like ours. Might be Seguin... might be Price... who knows.
I know we tend to get emotional. But I like the idea of ppl who stand up of for their ppl. Americans know something about that, I'm sure. The Habs are important down here, and we've got loud ppl and big mouths. And what's going on down here could be of benefit to the Bruins as well. The problem is not Chara... the problem is that Chara could do what he did, whether or not there was intent to injure... You guys are a few inches from the Stanley cup... and Marc Savard might have had that one goal that could have made the difference.
If it took an incident in Montreal to create enough turmoil to change the NHL in a better way... than give Montreal a chance to make a difference. You guys had the opportunity to stick up for your players in such a way that could have made a difference. You didn't. Let us try now.
A hockey fan..