On Wednesday night, Raffi Torres delivered a shoulder to the head of Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference as the two were chasing a puck down the ice. Adam McQuaid took exception to the high blow and scrapped with Torres, earning 17 minutes in penalties while the Coyotes forward got two for elbowing and five for fighting.
Torres was not disciplined by the NHL for the hit, but just 24 hours later, a questionable hit on Jan Hejda of the Colorado Avalanche might be the one that earns him a timeout.
As pointed out in the video, Brendan Shanahan and the Dept. of Player Safety have made it clear that any late changes in body position come into play when determining supplemental discipline. While Hejda is stumbling forward after his releases the puck, and Torres can't change where he delivers the hit on the Avs defenseman, the blow comes awfully late (even as the replay is in slo-mo).
The case can be made the head wasn't targeted due to Hejda's changing body position, but the lateness...