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Raffi Torres issues statement regarding his 41-game suspension

From the San Jose Sharks:

Statement from Raffi Torres

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres today released the following statement:

“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization.”

Also, from Sharks GM Doug Wilson:

“The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL’s supplementary discipline decision regarding Raffi. While we do not believe there was any malicious intent, this type of hit is unacceptable and has no place in our game. There is a difference between playing hard and crossing the line and there is no doubt, in this instance, Raffi crossed that line. We’re very thankful that Jakob was not seriously injured as a result of this play.”

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The only saving grace here is he appears to accept the suspension and will not be using the NHLPA to make an appeal.

Posted by evileye on 10/08/15 at 03:00 PM ET

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Was Raffi’s statement written in crayon followed by a pic of a house with a squiggly line coming from the chimney?


CRAYONS!!!

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/08/15 at 03:16 PM ET

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The only saving grace here is he appears to accept the suspension and will not be using the NHLPA to make an appeal.

It’s possible that he wanted to but the PA wouldn’t back him.

Posted by Garth on 10/08/15 at 03:22 PM ET

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“I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again.”

All in all, this is a self serving piece of crap statement. I counted eight I’s within five sentences.  Nothing about this statement indicates that he ‘gets it’ and will never do it again. He’s sorry he put ‘himself’ in this position instead of being sorry for potentially hurting someone (over and over). Big difference.

I agree with Garth’s suggestion that maybe the NHLPA, said not this time boy.

They should have banned him. What is it going to take otherwise? Someone becoming paralyzed or dead before the league ‘gets it’?

Posted by pautna on 10/09/15 at 02:33 PM ET

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