Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/5/12

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 19: Raffi Torres #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to his game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on January 19, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)



As the Phoenix Coyotes march on in the 2012 NHL Playoffs, their sideshow issues continue to travel with them. This week suspended forward Raffi Torres requested an appeal for the ruling on his hit against Chicago Blackhawks' forward Marian Hossa. In the original ruling, Torres was given a 25 game suspension for the hit. The ruling became the largest ban handed out by Brendan Shanahan and caught the attention of the NHL Players Association.

After the request was filed, TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla broke down some of the interesting points in the appeal over at his law sports blog: Offside. In his reporting, Macramalla states that Torres isn't appealing the fact that he was suspended, but rather the length and the "unfair" nature of the process. It is worth noting a few things from the appeal:

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