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BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) - Canadiens chairman Geoff Molson has met with his players to explain why he criticized the NHL after it did not punish Boston's Zdeno Chara for a hit that severely injured Montreal forward Max Pacioretty.

The team owner made a rare visit to the locker-room at practice Monday.

Molson explained to the players why he issued a public letter last week in which he blasted the league and said safety must become a top subject at the ongoing general managers' meeting.

Coach Jacques Martin says Molson told the players "how troubling he found the situation and, after that, explained the process that led him to address the fans (in the letter)."

Molson also reassured his players that safety improvements were coming to the Bell Centre.

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