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Daily Cupcakes: March 11th, 2011

Chara is being investigated for the hit on Max Pacioretty

That hasn’t stopped police in Quebec from entering the fray on Thursday by confirming there will be an investigation into the hit to determine whether charges will be laid. It’s the first such criminal probe of on-ice actions since former Vancouver player Todd Bertuzzi sucker punched Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game several years ago.

Karlis Skrastins may no longer be an iron man soon

Barring injury, Jay Bouwmeester is set to play his 495th consecutive game Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. In doing so, the smooth-skating Calgary Flames blue-liner will tie Karlis Skrastins for the most NHL games played in a row by a defenceman.

is the Phoenix Saga going to be done soon?

All of which has put NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a very difficult spot, something he fully acknowledged Tuesday night in Glendale when he addressed the Coyotes future before a game against the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

This was Bettman as we've rarely seen him. There were no promises of a resolution, no calling out members of the media for wrongly speculating that the deal could go down in flames.

No, on this night, Bettman laid out the facts as simply as possible.