it was a "Strong hockey play" as Chiarelli put it.
A "strong hockey play" is not one that involves interference. Interference is a penalty and against the rules. Just like tripping, cross checking, and the rest. Had Chara cross checked Max, would it have been a "strong hockey play"? Of course not, illegal plays are the opposite of "strong hockey plays", they are against the rules for a reason.
Everything is part of the game. They make no rules to change it. Chara didn't get a suspension because they have no rules against sending someone on the stanchion.
If there's a rule for everything, believe me, the players would be MUCH more cautious and we will see the head injury drop.
You punish a accidental high stick, or an accidental delay of game.. but an accident that breaks someone's neck is part of hockey? Especially if the accident is easily avoidable IF there's a rule against it.
He also said they could find another transporter than Air Canada if they don't wanna do business with the NHL anymore.
What a clueless, arrogant piece of ****. I don't think transporters will come rushing at the NHL's doorstep to be their next sponsor... In fact, if I owned a business which was associated with the NHL at this moment I'd probably do the same as Air Canada.
Really? Hockey in Nashville, Phoenix, Columbus and Florida is great business. Part of business also is protecting your assets i.e. players.
I don't think there's any doubt that he's a good businessman. In fact, it might be his tendency to favour business objectives over the health and quality of the sport that makes him a poor commissioner.