The fact that Montreal police are persisting in their investigation of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's March 8 hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty might strike some as comically absurd, essentially pandering to the Habs' myopic and frenzied fandom.

But for Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, the news Tuesday that Montreal's finest still want to interview Chara as the final element of their probe was neither unexpected nor troubling.

"I respect the fact that they're going to complete the process," Chiarelli said. "This was no surprise to us."

Once the Chara interview is done, the Quebec director of criminal prosecutions will decide whether to press charges against Chara for his shove of Pacioretty into a corner stanchion at the Bell Centre, a hit that resulted in a broken vertebrae and concussion for Pacioretty and sparked a deluge of emergency calls by outraged fans demanding that Chara be arrested.

Most observers saw it as simply an accident stemming from a routine hockey play, a case of the construction of the rink creating a hazardous obstacle.

Even Pacioretty said Tuesday that he didn't wish to see any sort of criminal prosecution. But the process apparently must be carried to its conclusion.

"We've cooperated with them and they've been very cooperative with us," Chiarelli said of the Montreal police. "The plan was once 'Z' came back from vacation, they were going to hook up at some point. It was always in the schedule that they were going to have a meeting. We've been keeping the prosecutors office informed on when we'd be able to hook up again."

Of course, Chara has been a little busy the last couple of months with the small matter of winning the Stanley Cup, which must have further annoyed Montreal fans.