Did Zdeno Chara intend to cause serious injury to Max Pacorietty? While the incident is unfortunate, I don't think Zdeno meant to cause him permanent harm. This was something that unfolded in a matter of seconds, and I don't see the Bruins defenseman as a malicious man. The NHL is not fining or suspending Chara, which is the right move. Steckel should have gotten 30 games for his hit on Crosby. What happened with Chara was more about body position on a forechecking forward and was not a drive by headshot. It just happened.
I feel terrible for Pacorietty, whom I owned in my fantasy hockey league. He had been having a great 2011 and I wish him a speedy recovery. Get well soon Max. I just don't see criminal intent. There is a long archive of similar incidents which had no fines or penalties.