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Video- Raffi Torres Suspended 25 Games

Brendan Shanahan with the explanation.

added 12:22pm, NHL release on the Torres suspension can be read below…  also added statement from the Coyotes…

NEW YORK (April 21, 2012)—Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for 25 games for launching himself to deliver a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the teams’ Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series in Chicago on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today

Should the 25 games not be served by the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games of the suspension will carry over into the following regular season. Torres will be prohibited from playing in any preseason games until he has served this 25-game suspension (playoff and regular-season games).

Should the suspension carry over to next season, because he is classified as a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres will forfeit $21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game in which he is ineligible to play.

The incident occurred at 11:42 of the first period. Hossa suffered an injury as a result of the hit.

Torres already has served one game of this suspension, Game 4 of the series in Chicago on Thursday, April 19.

Phoenix Statement on Suspension

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has issued the following statement regarding Coyotes forward Raffi Torres’ 25 game suspension that was announced today by the National Hockey League.

“I want to thank Brendan Shanahan and his staff for their thorough review of this incident,” said Maloney. “The ruling is very severe for Raffi and our Hockey Club.  Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on what is acceptable in our game today.  We hope Marian Hossa makes a full and speedy recovery as we all enjoy watching him perform.  The Club accepts the NHL’s decision and will focus on our game tonight.”

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Well, this solves everything I guess.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/12 at 02:18 PM ET

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This is what all the regular offenders should be getting.  I think we will see more extensive suspensions moving forward.  Even the Evil Garden Gnome is starting to understand that the players will have to be forced to behave themselves.

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Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/21/12 at 02:26 PM ET

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All I can say is WOW! I wish this was the basis for other deliberate head shots, they have to get these predators out of the league. This is how you do it.

Posted by timbits on 04/21/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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Man I feel sorry for the guy that accidentally high-sticks Crosby and is going to get a lifetime ban from the sport now…

Because that’s where this has blatantly gone now, right?  It only matters who you commit an infraction on.  Commit it on someone the league doesn’t like or doesn’t see as important?  Just a fine.  Commit it on someone the league sees as important?  Your career can end now apparently.

I’m not in any way condoning or defending Torres.  He deserves stiff punishment.  But this is absolutely laughable…  I can’t wait until someone goes after a fringe NHL and ends his career or life, the league only fines the guy, and the victim’s party sues the league because disciplinary precedent dictated it was ok to go after fringe guys.  Just not stars…

Posted by Primis on 04/21/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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Looks like Bettma…...er, Shanny finally made the right call.

Posted by BrendonR on 04/21/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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BOOM! Good *#$%@& call Shanny.

Posted by Malik_is_alive on 04/21/12 at 02:33 PM ET

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I’d be more impressed if the same punishment is meted out when a start charges a role player.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/21/12 at 02:37 PM ET

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Wow. Hope this one is a game-changer. I knew Torres was a punk, but watching the clips of prior incidents at the end of the Shanny video shows just how dangerous a player he’s been.

Posted by JG on 04/21/12 at 02:51 PM ET

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Consider this though: because the NHL owns the Coyotes, there’s no GM/owner to complain about the stiffness of the suspension (not that I don’t agree with the suspension) - so they get to come off as looking like they did the right thing and no one will complain about it. Consider just how much influence that means the GMs and owners have when it comes to other suspensions.

(The coyotes do obviously have a GM, but if the team is owned by the league, he can’t really complain now can he?)

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/21/12 at 02:59 PM ET

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Too late to get serious now Bettman/shannahan, whomever is pulling the strings.  It should have started with Weber face-slamming the wing.  Maybe only 3 for that one, but it would have made the statement early that they are trying to cover up for now.

I still say if they want to end this crap, enforce the folowing:  When a player gets suspended, thei roster spot is not allowed to be filled for the duration of the suspension.  That will get the GM’s in line REAL fast and get rid of the rats in this league.  Then even a 3-5 game suspension will hit hard on a team that employs a punk like Torres, Avery, Ott, or Carcillo, etc (and i’m a hawks fan).  Just a thought.

I have to say though, it really pisses me off that Shanny repeatedly points out that 3 rules were violated here and there was no call, but coach Q gets a 10 grand fine for doing the same (and in a very un-Tortorella like way).  Even the little weasal commish said most people would have thought that waas a penalty.  Total BS.to fine Coach Q for saying the same.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/21/12 at 02:59 PM ET

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Hell, the league is even saving money but suspending Torres - now they don’t have to pay him. This to me doesn’t indicate that the league is ready to do the right thing, only that they’re too chickenshit to, or just plain cannot, stand up to the owners.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/21/12 at 03:00 PM ET

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Very good Brendan, very good.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 04/21/12 at 03:08 PM ET

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25 games sounds right, Torres is even more useless of a player than the old Cooke, because at least Cooke contributed on the PK..

But something about this still seems sickening… Like other posters have asked… What would the punishment have been if he layed this hit out on a non star? Or if Torres was a star and threw this kind of hit?

I know high skilled big name guys are important to the leagues revenue stream, BUT all of these guys are humans with families and friends. The NHL should be looking out for all of them, not just the most profitable ones.

It’s like the documentary from the 70’s that I watched on coal mining in Kentucky, where an old man was told by his supervisor to get a mule out of the hole because it was dangerous… The guy asked ‘Mule? what about me?” to which he was told “Mules are expensive, we’ve got lines of guys like you waiting to get in here..”

In the NHL the mules (not Franzen) are the only ones that matter because they’re expensive and harder to replace. There’s a lot more grinders, etc. waiting to get into the NHL than there are potential stars.

Posted by LGRWeh on 04/21/12 at 03:08 PM ET

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Wow. Talk about a back track on past performance. Kind of knew something hardline was going to follow the PR disaster that has been the first round so far.

What interests me is what will happen to the next “star” player that does something equally as dangerous. Say Shea Weber threw that hit instead of a small time punk like Torres, where does that put the league? More importantly, where will it put the league where, exactly as sjketcheson says, there’s a GM and ownership set to complain.

Also, I’m intrigued as to how these will affect the CBA talks, as it’s something that has to be brought up, $2500 dollars in lost revenue for one game is paltry for a first time offence, whereas $21,341.46 seems like just the right amount, first time suspension or not.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 04/21/12 at 03:10 PM ET

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Looks like Shanny added up all the games he should have suspended all players this post-season and gave them all to Torres.  On the aggregate, Shanny is doing a great job.

Posted by Jerry on 04/21/12 at 03:26 PM ET

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So does anyone know the rule if god forbid Phoenix wins the cup, does Raffi still get his name on it?  Isn’t there a certain number of playoff games you have to play?

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/21/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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I was about to say that this ban seemed excessive, but then I saw the compilation of Torres’ “greatest hits” in Shanny’s video. Yep, deserves it. Just a reckless, dangerous player who hasn’t learned a thing from his past suspensions. No problem with this at all.

Posted by Nick from NYC on 04/21/12 at 03:43 PM ET

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So does anyone know the rule if god forbid Phoenix wins the cup, does Raffi still get his name on it?  Isn’t there a certain number of playoff games you have to play?

I think he would.  Its something like half the season, or one game in the final.  And Teams can appeal for anyone that doesnt meet the mandatory minimum, but the league has to approve it.  He played almost every game in the regular season.

Posted by jwad on 04/21/12 at 03:57 PM ET

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You are all missing the point.

This is a lifetime achievement award to the worst player in the league for committing the most-illegal hit of the year. This is not a new standard for head hits. This has nothing to do with your perceived discrepancies between shanahan’s treatment of star players and role players (I see no such discrepancy).

This is simple.

Dirtiest current player + Worst rap sheet + Dirtiest, most-pointless hit + Worst result = chucked for the year and parts of next

The only way this suspension means anything for the future is if the next guy with a rap sheet as long as Torres (don’t even know who that would be; Torres has been the biggest headhunter for a decade, despite nobody noticing him until this week. Sutton, I guess. Cooke if he screws up again) puts a career-ender that violates about five rules on somebody.

You need to get over this Weber thing and stop seeing conspiracies. Here’s nonconspiracy reality: the league could give a flying care about guys getting punched twice by guys they boarded after the game was functionally over. They shouldn’t care, either. If Zetterberg doesn’t like having his helmet broken, he should quit hitting people in the numbers with 1 second left.

Posted by larry from pitt on 04/21/12 at 08:51 PM ET

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You need to get over this Weber thing and stop seeing conspiracies. Here’s nonconspiracy reality: the league could give a flying care about guys getting punched twice by guys they boarded after the game was functionally over. They shouldn’t care, either. If Zetterberg doesn’t like having his helmet broken, he should quit hitting people in the numbers with 1 second left.

Posted by larry from pitt on 04/21/12 at 06:51 PM ET

Yeah, it’s almost as bad as instigating a fight at the end of the game and not being suspended for it. Douchebag.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/12 at 10:07 PM ET

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If Zetterberg doesn’t like having his helmet broken, he should quit hitting people in the numbers with 1 second left.

Yay you went there.

If you don’t want people bitching about your Captain, he should stop being a bitch.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 04/21/12 at 10:10 PM ET

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