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Breaking Down the Torres Suspension

Even staid TSN broadcaster Bob McKenzie expressed some shock on TEAM 1040 that the NHL would veer so wildly away from its own inconsistent precedents to seriously impact a first-round playoff series.  And for what?

Torres is not a repeat offender. He did not leave his feet or stick out his elbow. He did not injure a player. Jordan Eberle saw him coming and had time to raise his right arm to protect himself. That alone means you can argue the hit was not blindside.

Torres continued to make the point, and it’s a good one, that Eberle put himself in a vulnerable position when he broke a cardinal on-ice rule by lowering his head to fish for a puck in a corner. It’s a similar argument to the one made when Dan Hamhuis exposed himself, watching a pass, for the Ryan Getzlaf hit.

Getzlaf didn’t get a penalty. Torres gets to sit out two of the most important games of his life.

—From Jason Botchford at The Province. The whole article is worth a read.

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Torres is ‘not a repeat offender’ like Mike Richards would not be a repeat offender if he made a hit like that tomorrow. Sure, they’ve never been suspended, but ask David Booth or that dude from San Jose if these two have ever crossed the line.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/08/11 at 05:00 PM ET

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Not sure what some people are looking at, but Torres clearly lead with his elbow.  The entire problem with the hit was Torres had ample opportunity to play the puck, but instead he chose to attempt to injure another player, with the thought “he should have his head up, and because he doesn’t, I’m going to take his head off.”  Just because Eberle doesn’t hurt shouldn’t come into play, the fact Torres tried to hurt him is all that matters.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/08/11 at 06:24 PM ET

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John W,

You could not be more wrong about the fact that Torres lead with his elbow.. because that is absolutely just not the case. It was CLEARLY his shoulder, I’m amazed there is hockey fans out there as STUPID as Colin Campbell, but I just found one YOU.

Posted by Brad on 04/08/11 at 08:28 PM ET

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I’m amazed there is hockey fans out there

Incredible.

I don’t think Torres led with his elbow, but I’d be a lot more supportive of the guy who isn’t a repeat offender by technicality if he had shown any desire to have gone for the puck instead of a player he saw put himself in a vulnerable position.

Eberle reaching for the puck does not absolve Torres of blame.  Torres delivered an unnecessary head shot to a player in a vulnerable position while in the act of interfering with the guy.  I would LOVE to see this become the standard.  It doesn’t take all hitting out of the game, what it does is take unnecessary and predatory hits like this one out.  The purpose of hitting is to separate people from the puck, you don’t do this when they don’t have the puck in the first place.

Also, keep telling yourself that Torres isn’t dirty if it makes you feel better.  By the rule of the NHL, he’s not a repeat offender, but by every logical standard, the guy’s a head-hunter slightly below the part of Steve Ott.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/08/11 at 08:55 PM ET

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