Recchi made waves in bid to help Chara
When Mark Recchi hit the airwaves Wednesday, the 43-year-old future Hall of Famer knew what he was doing. During an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Recchi planned on saying something so flammable that he would yank the crosshairs off Zdeno Chara and place them squarely between his own shoulders.
After Recchi said that the Canadiens embellished the nature of Max Pacioretty’s concussion trying to prompt the league to suspend Chara, all the attention came his way. Just as he hoped.
“I wanted to take the heat off Z for a day,’’ said Recchi, an ex-Canadien, after last night’s 7-0 win. “I’m a big boy.
“I think anybody that knows me knows that I have great respect for the Montreal organization. I played five years there. I have great respect for [team physician David] Mulder and the medical staff there.
“In 22 years, I’ve respected all my teammates and all the players I’ve played against. My record’s shown that for 22 years. I took the pressure off Z for one day. He deserves it.
“I can handle it. I have nothing but great things to say about the Montreal organization. It’s still an unfortunate situation with what happened. We all hope that Max gets a full recovery here soon. We know he’s well on his way.’’
Before the game, the Canadiens questioned the intent of Recchi’s words.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate,’’ said Mike Cammalleri. “I don’t think those comments are appropriate by Mark.
“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.’’
Asked if Recchi was trying to draw attention away from Chara, Cammalleri acknowledged that might have been a possibility.
“Maybe it is a bit of gamesmanship,’’ he said.
According to Montreal coach Jacques Martin, Pacioretty continues to rest and is scheduled to resume physical activity next week.
After Chara drove him into one of the Bell Centre stanchions March 8, Pacioretty was diagnosed with a severe concussion and a fractured cervical vertebra. A concussion is termed “severe’’ if a player loses consciousness and does not recall part or all of the incident. According to Montreal media reports, both conditions applied.
In his radio appearance, Recchi said he found it curious that Pacioretty’s symptoms cleared so quickly. Six days after the incident, Pacioretty went to the movies and saw “Hall Pass,’’ as he noted on his Twitter account.
After the win, Chara saluted Recchi for his actions.
“I don’t know exactly all the comments,’’ Chara said. “But he’s such a great teammate and such a respected guy and leader. It’s a thrill to have him.
“We’ve all learned so much from him. He’s obviously the next Hall of Famer and such a classy guy. I can’t thank him enough to be my teammate and be part of this team and helping all of us to be better.’’
Coach Claude Julien understood Recchi’s intentions.
“I knew exactly what he was doing,’’ Julien said. “I don’t think I need to coach him on any of that stuff.
“When you see a guy with that kind of experience say something like that, you know what he’s doing.’’
Warsofsky signed Marshfield native David Warsofsky signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins yesterday. Warsofsky, 20, will forgo his senior season at Boston University and has reported to Providence. He will finish the season in the AHL on an amateur tryout contract. The Bruins acquired the rights to the offensive-minded defenseman from St. Louis June 26 for Vladimir Sobotka. Warsofsky had 7 goals and 15 assists in 34 games for BU this season. As a freshman, Warsofsky was a member of BU’s national championship team.
Breaking the ice Tomas Kaberle scored his first goal as a Bruin at 11:27 of the third period. After goalie Alex Auld stopped Brad Marchand’s shot, Kaberle pinched down low and tapped home the rebound. Kaberle has a goal and two assists in his last two games, which have been his sharpest since arriving from Toronto. “He came to a hockey club that plays a little differently than the club he’s been on,’’ said Julien. “It was important to give him time to adjust and get comfortable. These last two games, he’s been an outstanding defenseman for us — moving the puck, making plays, and being part of the scoring as well. I think he’s feeling more and more comfortable.’’ . . . Recchi recorded an assist on Kaberle’s goal. It was his 1,531st career point, tying him with Paul Coffey for 12th all-time . . . Old friend P.J. Axelsson was in attendance. Axelsson received a nice hand from the crowd when he was shown on the scoreboard . . . Andrew Ference was the only Bruin not to land a shot on goal . . . Daniel Paille, Steven Kampfer, and Shane Hnidy were the healthy scratches.
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