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Whoops. From Ian Walker at Postmedia via Global BC:
With their teammates sitting comfortable in their oversized seats and undoubtedly snacking aboard the Vancouver Canucks’ charter plane, off in the distance Kevin Bieksa, Raffi Torres and Keith Ballard could be seen hoofing it double-time through the internationals level at Vancouver International Airport.
The three Canucks were hustling through the airport alongside the day’s other travellers, rather than entering through the cordoned-off area like the players before them.
And they can thank Vancouver’s public transit system for getting them there in the nick of time. Without it, Bieksa, Torres and Ballard would have surely missed the flight to Nashville, where Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series goes Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
Millionaire athletes on the SkyTrain. Only in the NHL.
NHLers taking the SkyTrain? See, they’re just like you! (Well, “you” but wiith $9 million bucks in their combined bank accounts…)
Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres will not be suspended following his hit on Blackhawks’ defenceman Brent Seabrook during Game 3 of their series on Sunday night.
There was no scheduled hearing with the league on Monday.
Note: Updates Below.
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.
Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing over the phone on Thursday over his hit to the head of Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, this quote from Torres seems to have a few people in a tizzy since last night:
“If they are trying to get rid of clean hits like that, what’s this league going to be in a couple of years?”
Well, it wasn’t a “clean” hit, but I’m not sure it was quite as bad as some others would argue, either. (i.e. JJ’s “Glass Houses” thing is a fair point). Regardless, tomorrow we’ll find out what the league itself thinks—but if he’s sitting out any playoff games, as was proposed last night, I’d be pretty surprised.
Big hit from Raffi Torres on Jordan Eberle leads to this fight between Torres and Ryan O`Marra:
The color analyst on Sportsnet comments that this hit is a “goodbye to the first round” for Torres, adding “This hit is exactly the kind of hit they`re trying to get rid of”.
Dan Murphy (via Sportsnet Pacific) on his Twitter):
The injury to Manny Malhotra is first and foremost a terrible event for he and his family, and we all certainly hope for a quick and complete recovery for his sake. But from a hockey standpoint, it presents a very serious challenge to the Canucks as well.
For one thing, it’s fair to say that stats in the faceoff circle are a concern. Though maybe help could come from an unexpected source? Gordon McIntyre at The Province finds a willing ego to step up to tackle the problem:
“We’re deep on defence,” Bieksa said. “I don’t know how deep we are at centre. I just beat half the forwards out there on faceoffs after practice.”
Shudder. (But he’s kidding. You hope.) But then again, who is going to fill Malhotra’s skates?