Did Zdeno Chara Escape Suspension Because He Plays With Colin Campbell's Son?

A few interesting quotes out of San Jose today, as San Jose Mercury News beat writer David Pollak got a few players to chime in on the infamous Zdeno Chara / Max Pacioretty incident -- and the ensuing lack of suspension for Chara.

Sure, all players will have their opinions one way or another, but it's not too often you have them openly questioning the integrity of Colin Campbell because of where his son plays (Gregory Campbell skates for the Boston Bruins).

First up, here's Joe Thornton:

"Something about Boston and disciplinary action, they’re on their side," Thornton said. "I’m not sure why that is. I’m not assuming Colin’s kid is on the team and that’s why, but it’s really bizarre."

And Ben Eager, who was just suspended a short time ago while with the Atlanta Thrashers:

"I wasn’t surprised (at no suspension)  because he plays for Boston. I know there’ve been a few incidents with that team and no suspension," Eager said. "It’s kind of ironic because his son plays for that team."

Conspiracy theory? Plain old wishy-washiness?

It's worth noting that Campbell recuses himself from decisions that involve his sons team and that Senior VP Mike Murphy made the call on the Chara non-suspension, but are these guys implying that despite that, his influence is still there? 

If Thornton or Eager are mysteriously suspended tonight for no reason, we'll know the answer to that. And five years from now, we might even find an email from Campbell with his true thoughts on the situation.

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