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New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
Targeting the head? Check.
Unsuspecting player? Check.
Leaving his feet to deliver the hit? Check.
Injury on the play? Check.
Littered disciplinary history? You betcha, check.
Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety getting a punishment right during the playoffs? CHECK!
For the first time this postseason, Mr. Shanahan has finally made the right call. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced earlier today that Coyotes' Raffi Torres will serve a 25-game suspension for his hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa.
The vicious hit, which game midway through the first period of Game 3, went un-penalized by both on-ice officials.
Since we like to have a good time here at The Scratches, we decided we would compile a list of day jobs that Mr. Torres can enlist himself in over the next few months to pass the time. Well, to pass the time and help recoup the $21,341 he'll forfeit for each regular season game he misses next year--assuming the Coyotes don't play th...
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This NHL postseason has already seen more suspensions, through half of the opening-round series, than we saw through the entire 2011 playoffs. Many of the suspensions were merited, and some even rather leniant for the crimes committed. Yet, the suspensions haven't done enough to take the dirty hits out of the game. NHL Disciplinary director Brendan Shanahan, is the one responsible...
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...
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
NHL slams Torres with huge punishment for Hossa hit.
The Phoenix Coyotes will have to play the rest of the NHL playoffs and a part of next season without Raffi Torres. The controversial forward was suspended for 25 games by the league on Apr. 21 for his late, illegal hit on forward Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks on Apr. 17. Torres launched himself in the air and hit Hossa in the head with his shoulder after the puck had gone...
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...
A Rabbit Punch has two meanings, both of which describe the nature of the article. 1. A series of fast punches. 2. An illegal punch to the back of the head between the skull and the first vertebrate that can cause permanent damage to the nerves or death.
Phillip Humber throws a Perfect Game and the headline on the ESPN.com read “The Humber Games.” How pissed would you be if you...
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...