Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/21/12
The NHL announced Saturday morning that Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 25 games for his hit to the head of Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa in Game 3 of their first-round series last Tuesday. Torres had a face-to-face meeting with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan at the NHL's office in New York on Friday -- a meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday but delayed at Torres' request -- and the punishment was announced about 10 hours prior to Game 5 in Phoenix, with the Coyotes having a chance to complete their first-ever series victory. Should the 25 games not be served by the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs -- unlikely since that would require the Coyotes playing seven games in every remaining possible series through the finals -- the remaining games of the suspension will carry over to the 2012-13 regular season. Torres also will be prohibited from playing in any preseason games until he has completed his suspension, although only regular-season games will count toward the ban. Torres already has served one game of the suspension, that being Game 4 of the series in Chicago on Thursday, a game the Coyotes won in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead. Since Torres' suspension is without pay, he will forfeit 21,341.46 in salary for each game in which he is ineligible to play. The suspension is tied for the second longest in NHL history, behind only then-Islanders forward Chris Simon's 30-game ban -- which was the seventh suspension of his career -- for stomping on the leg of the Penguins' Jarko Ruutu in 2007. Simon also got a 25-game suspension during the previous playoffs, similar to Torres' ban, for a slash to the face of the Rangers' Ryan Hollweg, and Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice received a 25-game suspension in 2007 for a cross-check to the face of the Canucks' Ryan Kesler.
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