Miroslav Satan and Zdeno Chara are friends. It’s the kind of thought that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You can almost picture them doing stuff together- like choking puppies or stealing toys from the children of Whoville. Well, those days could very well be over.
On Tuesday, Puck Daddy reported that Miroslav Satan is angry at his former Bruins teammate/friend for a nasty hit that caused the former Buffalo Sabre a neck injury back in November. It was actually the second of two huge hits the 6’9”, 255 lb defenseman laid on the 6’3”, 194 lb winger in the game.
(Note: hit #2 starts at the 0:54 mark.)
You can see the betrayal on Miro’s face at the 1:08 mark. One can almost pinpoint the exact second War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends” starts playing in Satan’s head. Hit #1 was late. One could argue Satan should have had his head up for hit #2, but that doesn’t give Chara the right to try and take his face off.
For his part, Chara claims that he didn’t know Miro Satan was the player he was hitting. I call BS, because I think you can recognize that unibrow from a mile away.
Satan wasn’t exactly a popular player when he last played for the Sabres back in the 2003-2004 season and it was rumored he was a bit of a cancer in the locker room. So should Sabres fans care about his hurt feelings over a questionable hit that happened > 4,000 miles away? Well, it depends. Satan told reporters, “[The] plate between the sixth and seventh vertebrae in my neck is displaced by 4.5 mms into the spinal canal. It took a bit and I may have been paralyzed.” Ouch.
What the hit shows is a continuing trend of Chara not giving a shit about his fellow hockey players, friends or not, and the problem is one that has been brought up many times before- Chara’s irresponsible use of his massive frame to hurt other players.
Look, I know its professional hockey. I appreciate a good, clean hit and I love a great fight as much as the next person. But when the hockey season does eventually return, let’s hope the “discipline train” that is Brendan Shanahan does a better job at working dangerous hits like the one on Satan out of the game. Chara isn’t close to being the only problem, but he does have the means to severely hurt someone.
I hope Chara makes things right with Satan. Sabres fans, however should continue to boo Chara relentlessly every time he touches the puck.
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