SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A three-day delay didnt help Raffi Torres cause.
In a move that some would say was long overdue, the NHL came down hard on the Coyotes forward Saturday, suspending him 25 games for an open-ice hit on Chicagos Marian Hossa at 11:42 of the first period in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinals series Tuesday at the United Center. It is the third-longest suspension in league history as far as games lost.
In its ruling, the league determined that Torres violated three league rules -- interference, charging and an illegal check to head -- despite the fact that no penalty was called on the play.
NHL senior vice president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said two other factors also played a role in the suspension.
First, this violent and dangerous hit caused a severe injury. Second, not only is Torres a repeat offender as defined by the CBA, his extensive supplemental discipline history consists mainly of acts very similar to this...