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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...
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The NHL has spoken, they have made an example out of Raffi Torres, they have thrown the book at him. The NHL has also set a precedence, the question is, will the NHL be consistent in their ruling?. While I think that Torres deserved at least a 5-10 suspension this suspension is almost to the point of being excessive. My first question is...
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This is what the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes had to say about his player Raffi Torres being suspended.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has issued the following statement regarding Coyotes forward Raffi Torres’ 25 game suspension that was announced today by the National Hockey League.
Brendan Shanahan has been busy this postseason, and on Saturday, he sent a serious message to Raffi Torres and the rest of the NHL. Torres has been suspended for 25 games for launching himself to hit Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series on Tuesday. Torres had been suspended indefinitely, but Shanahan decided to lay down the hammer for what was clearly an illegal...
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 25 games by the NHL for his hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 Tuesday of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Saturday that Torres' hit was "a violation of three NHL rules -- interference, charging and illegal check to the head...
The NHL suspended Phoenix Coyotes Raffi Torres 25 games for his brutal hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. Torres will not play another game this season even if the Coyotes go to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 25 game suspension is the longest ever handed out in the playoffs in NHL history.
"Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on...
TORONTO/NHLPA (April 21, 2012) - Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres issued the following statement today.
“My main concern is for the healthy recovery of Marian Hossa, and I hope that he will be able to get back on the ice to compete again soon. I sincerely regret injuring Marian.
Regarding the severity of the suspension issued, I will take the next few days to decide whether...
National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan will announce Saturday whether Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres will receive supplemental discipline for his hit Tuesday on Chicago's Marian Hossa.Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday and had an in-person hearing Friday at the NHL's New York Office.The Coyotes lead...
The NHL finally made a decision that the majority of hockey fans will be pleased with. They've been criticized repeatedly for their action, or inaction, when it comes to handling player discipline. The most obvious was the blunder with Shea Weber, where the Nashville defenseman received a tiny $2,500 fine for smashing a player's head into the glass.
Naturally, fans feared...
NHL slams Torres with huge punishment for Hossa hit.
On April 17, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa had to be stretchered off the ice thanks to a particularly brutal check from Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres. After being suspended indefinitely, director of player safety Brendan Shanahan made his final decision, taking Torres off the ice for 25 games. It's difficult to say whether Shanahan was trying to make a statement...
The ex-Canuck picked the wrong time to level Marian Hossa and now faces the longest playoff suspension ever and the longest suspension ever handed out to a player not named Chris Simon.
Marty McSorley got 23 games for infamous lovetap on Donald Brashear's head and Dale Hunter got 21 games in the playoffs in 1993 for his vicious crosscheck on Pierre Turgeon.
Is this what...
The NHL has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 for criticizing officials following a playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Quenneville criticized the game officials for failing to call a penalty on Raffi Torres after the Coyotes forward hit Marian Hossa with his shoulder and drove him to the ice in Tuesday night's Game 3.
Hossa was carried off the ice...