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03/09/2011 - 5:28pm
Report: Owners, players agree on rookie pay

While the NFL players and owners face a Friday deadline in their attempt to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, the two sides are starting to find some common ground on some relatively smaller issues, according to a story from Yahoo! Sports.

 

First, they have apparently reached a basic compromise on the idea of a rookie wage scale, which will, in effect replace the current rookie salary cap. First-round picks will sign four-year deals, while the agreement will also limit guaranteed money and signing bonus for draftees. Meanwhile, the league agreed that all players drafted after the first round would be limited to three-year deals, but teams would be allowed to put restricted free agent tags on players after the three years.

 

Second, players have agreed to language in the new deal that would make it easier for teams to recoup money...

03/09/2011 - 4:39pm
No fine or suspension for Chara

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will not be fined or suspended by the NHL for hitting Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the beginning of the glassed area between benches on Tuesday night. Chara spoke about the incident at Wednesday's Bruins practice.
 

“It’s been hard,” Chara said. “Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I am trying to make strong hockey plays and play hard. It’s very unfortunate that a player got hurt and had to leave the game. It is in my mind.”
 

The hit left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrea. The captain noted that he has not yet reached out to Pacioretty but plans on it.
 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

 


03/09/2011 - 4:06pm
Chara: 'Obviously I feel bad' about hit
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke briefly after the team's practice Wednesday, reflecting on how things have been for him since he was ejected from Tuesday night's game for hitting Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the beginning of the glassed area between benches.

 

"It's been hard," Chara said. "Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I am trying to make strong hockey plays and play hard. It's very unfortunate that a player got hurt and had to leave the game. It is in my mind."

 

Chara had a hearing with the league via conference call at noon Wednesday and is awaiting word on whether or not he'll be suspended for the play, which left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrea. 

 

"We just described the play. We said things that we said, and we're just waiting to hear back," Chara said.

 

The captain noted that he...

03/09/2011 - 1:39pm
Pacioretty suffered head, vertebrae injuries
By: DJ Bean

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin announced Wednesday that forward Max Pacioretty, who was motionless on the ice after taking a hit into a stanchion along the boards from Zdeno Chara Tuesday night, suffered a severe concussion and a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae.

 

“Max will remain at the hospital for further observation," Martin said in a statement. "There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

 

Update: Chara was not suspended for the play, on which he received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct....

03/09/2011 - 11:51am
Chiarelli: Chara hit was 'strong hockey play'

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli explained his view of Zdeno Chara's hit of Max Pacioretty during the B's 4-1 loss to Montreal Tuesday night, calling the incident "a hockey play."

 

”I’ve heard some people suggest he should have been aware of the stanchion, waited, and then rubbed him out," Chiarelli said, speaking on CBS Radio in Boston. “Players are aware of the stanchion, some players try to drive guys in. I know Z’s not that type of player.”

 

Chiarelli went on to relay what Chara told him about the play.

 

“What Z told me was he felt that the Pacioretty tried to squeeze beside him and went sideways, when he did, his momentum and Z’s momentum pushed him into the stanchion," the Bruins' GM said. "It’s unfortunate and I heard (Pacioretty) was hurt and is feeling better and recovering. But I think it was a strong hockey play....

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