Mike Cammalleri acknowledged that Mark Recchi is a well-respected player around the league. So that’s why Cammalleri found it surprising that Recchi said yesterday that the Canadiens embellished the nature of Max Pacioretty’s concussion to prompt a suspension for Zdeno Chara.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” Cammalleri said. “I don’t think those comments are appropriate by Mark. Surprised, to be honest with you. Mark’s a guy who’s been around a long time. I’m not sure he has a medical degree yet. I think it is what it is when it comes to the brain. These are very unclear injuries and very serious ones. I think it’s a little bit disrespectful with those comments, that’s for sure. A little bit surprised coming from a guy with the reputation that he has.”
Jacques Martin said he hadn’t heard Recchi’s comments. Ex-Bruin Hal Gill noted that given the severity of Pacioretty’s injuries, there was no need for any commentary other than wishing the forward well in his recovery.
“We had a player that was pretty seriously injured,” Gill said. “If you’re saying anything other than, ‘I hope he’s well and I hope he’s getting better,’ then I don’t have any time for that.”
When Cammalleri was asked if Recchi might have been participating in gamesmanship to draw attention away from Chara, the Montreal forward acknowledged that might have been a possibility.
“It might be,” said Cammalleri. “That’s why it’s surprising to me, because Mark’s a veteran. He does have a reputation. He’s been around so long. It might be. I don’t know. I think Mark would admit he’s not an M.D. He’s not diagnosing these things. Maybe it is a bit of gamesmanship.”