Mark Recchi has been playing in the NHL for 22 years, long enough to see more than his fair share of serious injuries in the league, but according to a few players on the Canadiens, he's not in a place to comment on the severity of such incidents.
On Wednesday, Recchi was asked if he was bothered by the Canadiens "embellishment" of Max Pacioretty's injury on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Massarotti Show. Recchi agreed that the Canadiens "embellished it a little bit" in order to get Zdeno Chara suspended.
Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri and defenseman Hal Gill spoke out about Recchi's recent comments before the Thursday night matchup at the Garden, disappointed by the veteran's opinion.
"I don't think those comments are appropriate by Mark," Cammalleri said. "Surprised to be honest with you. Mark's a guy that's been around a long time, I'm not sure he has a medical degree yet … I think I think these are very unclear injuries, and very serious one and I think it's a little bit disrespectful, those comments, for sure."
Former Bruin Hal Gill didn't get into the specifics of Recchi's words, but said that any comments regarding Pacioretty's injury should be well wishes.
"We had a player that was pretty seriously injured," Gill said. "If you're saying anything other than 'I hope he's well, and hope he's getting better' than I don't have time for it."
To hear more from the Canadiens, check out the video above from Bruins Faceoff Live.