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Evening Line- Raffi Torres

“Obviously I’m very grateful to get this opportunity. I realize it’s probably my last shot, with where I am in my career. I’m grateful, I’m thankful and I’m excited.

“People are going to say what they’re going to say. I have not helped myself. You sleep in the bed you make. I accept that, I believe I had paid my dues and I have dealt with what I had to deal with. I think I can change the way I play.”

-Raffi Torres, who is on a PTO with the Carolina Hurricanes.  Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has more.

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Raffi Torres Gets Another Shot With The Carolina Hurricanes

from Ben Pope of the News & Observer,

Oft-suspended enforcer Raffi Torres will join the Carolina Hurricanes during training camp on a professional tryout agreement, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 215-pound winger turns 35 in early October and brings an experienced resume to Raleigh, having played in 635 career games for seven different teams. But he’s appeared in only 44 over the last four seasons combined due to injuries and a number of suspensions.

After being suspended four times between 2011 and 2013 — including a 21-game ban for a late hit that knocked Chicago’s Marian Hossa out of the 2013 playoffs — Torres was suspended for the entire first half of the 2015-16 season for a hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game. The incident prompted many to call for a lifetime ban of the then-San Jose Sharks forward and the Sharks sent Torres to the AHL after his 41-game suspension ended.

News of the PTO agreement, which broke Monday before being confirmed Tuesday, sent shockwaves through the fanbase as fans expressed dismay and concern on social media.

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Afternoon Line- Raffi Torres

“It’s kind of up in the air right now. I’ve just been training, pretty much for 4-5 months, getting my body to where I need to be. I’m feeling good.”

“To be honest, I’ve never been one for Plan B’s. I’ve been telling everybody (who asks about my future), it’s probably going to be The Show or no.”

-UFA Raffi Torres.  John Matisz of the Vancouver Province has more.

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Raffi Torres’ New Team

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the day of the deal, the Maple Leaf who never was waited for a telephone call that never came.

“It would have been nice for somebody to call,” Raffi Torres said on the telephone from San Jose, half-kidding, half-not. “I would have thought that might have happened.

“I know it was just a paper transaction. My GM, Doug Wilson, called to tell me what was going on. I never heard from the Leafs. Never heard a thing.”

His phone was ringing non-stop that day in late February, buzzing with text messages from family and old friends, from people he grew up around, most of them learning of his trade to Toronto — just not of the unusual circumstances.

“I was excited for about five seconds,” said the Markham native. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know anything but Leafs. They were my team. I was crazy about them. Wendel Clark. Doug Gilmour. Mike Gartner. Those were my guys. Then I realized what this was all about.

“It is what it is. I understand the business.”

It’s one thing to understand the business. It’s another to be a central part of a trade that doesn’t send you anywhere but limbo. Torres became the contract that wasn’t necessarily named later in the deal that sent two second-round draft picks to the Leafs in exchange for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling. The Leafs didn’t want the controversial 34-year-old. They are basically eating his expiring salary to make the arrangement work. They didn’t even want to place him with their budding AHL team.

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Toronto Trades Roman Polak To San Jose For Raffi Torres

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the team has acquired the San Jose Sharks’ second-round selections from the 2017 and 2018 Entry Drafts as well as forward Raffi Torres in exchange for defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling.

Torres, 34, will be re-assigned to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He has skated in six games with the Barracuda this season.

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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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Raffi Torres Gets What He Deserves

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If it's possible for a film short from the NHL's department of player safety to be nominated for an Oscar, Monday's thoughtful, point-by-point dismantling of serial predator Raffi Torres should be considered.

Maybe there's a category for "Lowering the Boom."

Finally.

Two days after yet another patented sneak attack by Torres, this one on an unsuspecting Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL lowered the boom on the San Jose Sharks forward with a 41-game suspension that ranks as one of the longest in NHL history.

For all but the most myopic of Sharks fans or Torres supporters, this was all about paying the piper. Finally.

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

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Video- Raffi Torres Suspended 41 Games

Patrick Burke with the explanation.

 

 

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Raffi Torres Has A History Of Suspensions

from Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,

Sharks forward Raffi Torres will have a hearing Monday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety regarding his illegal hit to the head on Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres has been suspended four times in his NHL career, but is technically not considered a repeat offender since he has not had any suspensions in the last 18 months. Still, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety guidelines state that “even if a player is not defined as a repeat offender, his past history may come into consideration when determining future supplemental discipline.”

That doesn’t bode well for Torres.

Here’s a brief rundown of his suspension history.

2013 — In Game 1 of the Sharks’ second round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, Torres hit Jarret Stoll in the head/shoulder area late in the second period of the Kings’ 2-0 victory. Torres got only a minor penalty for charging on the hit during the game, but the NHL reviewed the play and Torres was suspended for the remainder of the series. Torres was considered a repeat offender in dangerous hits under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Torres flew to New York for an in-person hearing, but it didn’t help.

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If you missed the hit on Silfverberg, watch it here...

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Video- Raffi Torres Hit On Jakob Silfverberg

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Silfverberg was fine and kept him out for precautionary reasons.

"There was no sense bringing him back," Boudreau said. "But we've seen that before."

Torres has a history of suspensions and is facing another one after he was ejected with a match penalty for intent to injure.

"Same player every year," Ryan Kesler said. "I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore."

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via Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,

Sharks forward Raffi Torres is in danger of receiving another long term suspension from the NHL after he was given a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head of Jakob Silfverberg in the first period of San Jose’s game against Anaheim on Saturday at the Honda Center.

Torres was given a 10-minute misconduct and ejected from the game for the hit on the Ducks’ Silfverberg, which came with 7:15 to go in the first period. Silfverberg left the ice and did not return for the rest of the period.

According to NHL rules, any player who receives a match penalty player “shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue.”

Torres has been suspended four times in his NHL career. 

Watch the hit below, via Sportsnet...

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Raffi Torres Returns

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

It took exactly three minutes into his first game in nearly 17 months for Sharks forward Raffi Torres to remind his teammates and the home crowd just what he can bring to the lineup.

Despite indications in the morning that he would play a bit cautiously on his surgically repaired right knee that he tore up two years ago, Torres lined up plodding Coyotes defenseman Nicklas Grossmann in the Sharks' defensive corner. The human heat-seeking missile wearing a number 13 teal sweater plastered Grossmann, knocking the six-foot-four, 230-pounder clean off of his skates.

Torres said after the game that it might not have been the wisest thing to do at this stage of his recovery, but he still made it through the Sharks’ 3-1 preseason win feeling “pretty good” after it was over.

“Biggest mistake I made -- I didn’t feel too fast or too much part of the game after that,” Torres said of the hit. “But I felt alright for the first part. It’s a tough game out there. It’s going to take some time, for sure. I think I expected a little bit more and better things out there in terms of my speed and endurance, but I’ll have to keep working.”

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Raffi Torres Will Miss More Time And The Sharks’ Captaincy Up For Grabs

via tweets from David Pollak,

SJSharks says Raffi Torres will miss first few months of season after repeat surgery on right knee  because of infection.

And McLellan confirms #SJSharks will have no captain or assistants when training camp starts.

McLellan doesn't call it a "stripping" of the captaincy, says competition will be open and Thornton, like anyone else, a candidate.

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Sharks’ GM Ron Wilson: Boyle’s out, Havlat will be bought out and Burns is shifting to defense

The Associated Press reports that San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson plans on making several changes to his team, and he's more than willing to share his agenda with those who'll listen:

Wilson said Thursday that he told pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle that he will not be re-signed, informed unproductive forward Martin Havlat that he will not be back next season and moved top-line wing Brent Burns back to defense after he had spent more than a year as a forward on captain Joe Thornton's line.

These changes come two weeks after the Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.

Wilson spent the past two weeks meeting with coaches and players to help determine what went wrong in the final four games against Los Angeles and how to get a team that has been one of the best in the regular season the past decade over the playoff hump.

"You want to be careful not to change too many things, but you better be really careful that you're not just avoiding what really needs to take place," Wilson said. "There's two sides to that. I think what we need to do is much more drastic than just putting a Band-Aid on it."

The AP continues, and notes the following (and NHL.com's Eric Gilmore, the Sharks' website and the Mercury News's David Pollak have more news)...

Assistant coach Larry Robinson will be back but could have an expanded role that includes some front-office duties. ... Wilson said talks have already begun to keep backup G Alex Stalock, who can be an unrestricted free agent. ... Pavelski (shoulder) and F Raffi Torres (knee) had operations after the season.

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Raffi Torres Underwent Knee Surgery Today

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that forward Raffi Torres underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting.

"Raffi's surgery went very well and we look forward to having him back in our line-up later this season," said Wilson.

Reports popping up on Twitter today state Torres will be out between 3-5 months.

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Raffi Torres Out With Knee Injury

 

 

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Evening Line

“Obviously, there are different aspects of my game that always need fine-tuning. I’ll have to work a little better with taking pucks away, and not leading with the big hit. Just playing a little smarter out there. Obviously, we don’t want to go through something like [the suspension] again. I know it’s a broken tape recorder, but I’ve just got to keep working the system, and playing the right way to stay in the game.”

-Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks. More on Torres from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.

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Video- Comparing The Dave Bolland Hit Last Night To The Recent Raffi Torres Hit


First the Bolland hit from last night and in case you are wondering, the NHL will take no action on the hit.

 

 

Below is the Shanahan video of the Torres hit and to refresh your memory, Torres was suspended for the rest of the WC semi-finals.

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Raffi Torres Suspended For The Rest Of The Series With The Kings

Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension, illegal check to the head.

 

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Raffi Torres Looking At Possible 5+ Games Suspension

via TSN,

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 on Tuesday.

The league has offered an in-person hearing, meaning Torres could be suspended for five or more games.

Stoll did not return to the game for the third period after being hit by Torres in the second period and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said they "weren't resting" him.

watch the hit here if you missed it...

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Video- Raffi Torres Hit On Jarret Stoll

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Darryl Sutter declined to offer specifics on the nature of Stoll’s absence, though he pointedly indicated it wasn’t because he was being rested.

“You know what? I didn’t play Jarret in the third period, and he wasn’t resting, so that pretty well tells you, doesn’t it? If you ask that question about injuries every day, you get here early, see who’s on the ice, see who’s not, and you know. That’s who’s available and who isn’t,” Sutter responded to a question on Stoll’s status.

Both Torres and San Jose coach Todd McLellan downplayed the incident.

“To be honest, I didn’t really think it was even going to be a penalty,” Torres told reporters after the game. “They called it charging, but I don’t feel launched myself. I took a step and a half and glided into him. Obviously, he was leaning over. I still feel like I got shoulder to his shoulder, and then it looked – because he was leaning over – that I came up a little high…I hope he’s all right.”

“A clean hit, not even a charging penalty in my opinion,” McLellan said.

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Video- Goal And Save Of the Night

First Raffi Torres scores in OT to put the Sharks up 2-0 in their series over Vancouver.

Randy Hahn with the call...

 

 

Below watch as Roberto Luongo makes a diving save on Raffi Torres.

Chris Cuthbert with the call...

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Raffi Torres To San Jose

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The New Raffi Torres

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Meet Raffi The Reformer. Or Raffi The Reformed. Take your pick.

When your reputation precedes you and results in six career supplemental disciplines, any pledge to reform receives a doubting roll of the eyes because talk it easy. Change is hard. For Raffi Torres to remain effective — without leaving his feet and targeting the head on those heavy and suspendable hits — the Phoenix Coyotes winger would have to wrap his head around where the league is going or it would leave the pending unrestricted free agent and others like him behind. Far behind.

“I’m at the right point now,” Torres said in advance of Thursday’s meeting with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Video- Raffi Torres Steps On The Ice And…

Jamal Mayers greets him...

 

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Will Torres Change His Game?

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,

His attention to physicality has created a messy record that includes six incidents that have required supplemental discipline. His latest transgression — a hit on the Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa in Game 3 of last year’s first-round playoff series — received the stiffest penalty, and now Torres is tasked with revamping his style, once again, to stay in the NHL.

“I can’t afford to go through something like that again,” Torres said. “There are some things that I’m going to have to change if I want to keep playing in this league at a competitive level, so I look forward to it. I know I can bring more to the game than just physical play.”

Torres was assessed a 25-game suspension for a hit to Hossa’s head. After an appeal to the league, Commissioner Gary Bettman set the sentence at 21 games.

Thanks to a lengthy playoff run by the Coyotes, Torres has only eight games left to serve. It’s unlikely the suspension will be further reduced because of a shortened season, but Torres’ status was one of several issues addressed between the league and Players’ Association in the transition rules from the previous collective bargaining agreement to the new one, according to a league source.

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Torres/NHLPA Will Appeal Suspension

via TSN,

Raffi Torres and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are appealing the 25-game suspension that was given to the Phoenix Coyotes forward last month.

Torres was given the punishment by the league on Apr. 21 after his late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of their first-round series.

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Video- The Hotstove Talk

The boys at HNIC discuss of course the Torres suspension plus the status of Roberto Luongo’s contract.

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Torres Statement

TORONTO/NHLPA (April 21, 2012) - Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres issued the following statement today.

“My main concern is for the healthy recovery of Marian Hossa, and I hope that he will be able to get back on the ice to compete again soon. I sincerely regret injuring Marian.

Regarding the severity of the suspension issued, I will take the next few days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.”

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Video- Raffi Torres Suspended 25 Games

Brendan Shanahan with the explanation.

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Video- Don Cherry Talks Raffi Torres

On Coach’s Corner tonight, the main topic was the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa.

added 11:00pm, For those of you without a North American IP, you can watch Coach’s Corner below…

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Torres Suspended Indefinitely, Hearing On Friday

NEW YORK (April 18, 2012) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely, pending an in-person hearing Friday, April 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The hearing, which had been planned for today, was deferred at the request of the player and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

The hearing will be convened at the NHL’s New York office for a hit Torres delivered to Chicago forward Marian Hossa 11:42 into the first period of Game 3 of the teams’ Western Conference Quarterfinal series in Chicago on Tuesday, April 17.

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Video- Breaking Down The Torres Hit

Scott Morrison, Brad May and Christine Simpson of Hockey Central at Sportsnet discuss the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa.

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Video- Raffi Torres Hit On Marian Hossa

added 11:29pm, via Chris Kuc tweet,

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has left Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He did not comment to a reporter as he left in a waiting car.


No penalty on the play, Hossa taken off on a stretcher, no update on his condition.

 

added 10:06pm, US national broadcast team with the call below…

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Video- Torres Suspended Two Games

Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.  An illegal hit, launching himself while targeting the head.

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Monday Hearing Scheuduled For Torres

via NHL.com,

Coyotes’ forward Raffi Torres faces a disciplinary hearing Monday morning for his hit on Wild defenseman Nate Prosser during Saturday’s game. There was no penalty assessed on the play.

Watch a short video of the hit, you may have to replay it a few times…

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Torres Fined For Elbow On Hejda

via NHL.com,

Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda in NHL Game No. 549 in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 29, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Watch the elbow here if you missed it earlier.

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Video- Raffi Torres Questionable Hit On Jan Hejda

No penalty on the play and I am not really sure why Hejda started going down before the hit.  Did he see Torres coming or was it just a fall?

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Video- Raffi Torres With The ‘Offensive’ Elbow

Do you agree with the penalties?

Phoenix Raffi Torres: 2 minutes, elbowing
Phoenix Raffi Torres: 5 minutes, fighting
Boston Adam Mcquaid: 2 minutes, instigator
Boston Adam Mcquaid: 5 minutes, fighting
Boston Adam Mcquaid: 10 minutes, misconduct

 

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A Learning Experience

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Hockey’s sociology department is really having a hell of a year. There was the banana thrown at Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, a black player, during a pre-season game in London. Ont.; there was Simmonds caught on camera calling Sean Avery of the New York Rangers a “faggot” a couple days later. If you wanted to go further, there is the visor debate, which boils down to a sort of libertarian approach to personal safety, much as, say, seatbelts did. We all know how that one turned out.

And then Sunday, there was Raffi Torres and Paul Bissonnette. Bissonnette, the Phoenix Coyotes forward who has become a Twitter celebrity as @BizNasty2point0, who has over 150,000 followers, put a picture of his Coyotes teammate and his wife in their Halloween costumes as Jay-Z and Beyoncé. They had coloured their skin to appear black.

This, unfortunately, is a practice traditionally known as blackface. It wasn’t the shoe polish Al Jolson used to wear, but Raffi Torres painted himself to look like an African-American. And historically, that carries a weight.

To be clear, nobody should be saying that Torres is a racist.

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Raffi Torres Hit on Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton was gone for the latter part of the game and no updates on his condition were available to the press in the post-game press conferences. 

Others may disagree, but I think it was a clean hit. Still, Thornton’s had a great playoffs and it would be unfortunate if this turned out to be serious at all. We’ll cross our fingers that he’s alright. 

Video:

Update 6:58pm ET: From Working the Corners

The Sharks did not make Joe Thornton available to the media after that 4-2 loss and Todd McLellan said he had nothing to report yet when he was asked about his captain’s status during the post-game press conference.

But a text message to Thornton several hours later did get this response when he was asked the chances he’d be ready to play in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

“100 percent,” he wrote to my Mercury News colleague Mark Emmons. “It’s playoffs, got to play through everything.”

 

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Special Hitting Zone

Maybe the league can have some red, blinking neon lights below the ice surface that let’s us know, free shots available here.

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Now, the Torres/hitting zone ruling might come as a bit of a surprise to Jarret Stoll given that he was given a one-game suspension last week for hitting San Jose’s Ian White into the glass behind the net. So the “hitting zone” - “separate head from body zone?” - area apparently doesn’t extend all the way from the goal line to the glass, but just to some ill-defined area immediately behind the net.

Having been now to three of four GMs meetings and NHL board of governors meetings at which head shots and concussions were extensively discussed, I can assure you I’ve never, EVER heard of any special rules for hits behind the net. Several NHL managers were mystified about this concept when contacted.

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Early Morning Line

My prediction, based on the DVD from March 2010 and “hitting area” rationale, is I don’t believe he’ll be suspended.

My opinion, based on Torres’ penchant for hitting people in head, is he probably should be suspended.

But I will be surprised if is.

-Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read more on the Raffi Torres hit.

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Video- Torres Hit On Seabrook Tonight

Raffi Torres received two for interference.  Brent Seabrook played a shift then went off to the dressing room.

The CBC feed first, followed by the VERSUS feed below…

added 9:58pm, I’ve added the hit Torres put on Jordan Eberle below.. It is the third video and you can compare the two hits.

added 10:56pm, On the Fly’s Craig Button and Billy Jaffe with their thoughts on the hit.  Fourth video below…

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How To Handle Hitchcock

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

When old Blue Jacket teammates Manny Malhotra and Raffi Torres think back to their days in Ohio, it’s not to reflect on the Columbus night life.

“We find ourselves talking about Hitch a lot,” Torres said. “Manny has big time Hitchcock impersonations.”

Ken Hitchcock may be gone, but he is not easily forgotten even if Torres only played for him for a year and a half.

He had some interesting — uh, old school ways — of motivating.

“When I first got there, Hitch was riding me on the bench,” Torres said. “I had just got there.  “Manny says to me ‘You got to give it back to him. He wants you to get into a confrontation with him.’”

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JJ’s Three Cheers, 11/4/10: Mason, Matsumoto, Jovanovski

The daily toast to last night’s stars around the league (with an extra day to quickly catch up on, thanks to an annoyance in another sector of my life that was completely beyond my control). Now then…

From Tuesday’s games, JJ’s Three Cheers go out to:

***Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for a 29-save, 3-0 shutout over Montreal
**Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, for a 36-save, 1-0 blanking of San Jose
*And big time cheers to Vancouver’s Raffi Torres, whose hat trick led the Canucks to a 4-3 win over Edmonton.

On to last night, with a few highlights to throw around, as usual:

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Torres A Motivated Man In Vancouver

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Torres said he will now approach every game as though it is his last, because, “I never want to be in that situation again.” He said that scoring slumps have long been his nemesis, because he begins pressing and starts losing his way. So, he’s on guard for the start of the season, saying he will play a simple game and let the goals come.

“I’m hungry again,” Torres said. “That’s the thing: You sign a one-year deal for not too much cake, if you don’t have a great year, you’re on the outs looking in.”

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Torres May Be A Bargain For Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province at Canada.com,

Raffi Torres didn’t feel great about getting to late August without a contract.

“It sucked,” he said.

Things did get better this week. But with a catch.

Torres signed a one-year, $1-million-US deal with the Vancouver Canucks. Not a lot of comfort or security there. It doesn’t mean this is his last chance. But you can see it from here.

Truth is, Torres has too much talent for this. He can skate, pound and aggravate. He has size, sandpaper and soft hands. He can play anywhere in the lineup. He was a fifth overall pick, scored 27 goals in a season and is in his prime at 28 years old. Talent wise, he should be playing for $3 million right about now. Instead, he’s on his fourth NHL team in three years.

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Report- Raffi Torres Joins The Canucks

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

And that’s why the Canucks were able to reportedly sign him to a one-year, $1 million contract, as revealed by Sportsnet Tuesday.  With that price point, the Canucks limit risk. They also set themselves for some (inexpensive) rewards.
Because there’s plenty to like here.

Torres brings things to the table the Canucks are woefully lacking in. He brings size/muscle/sandpaper. He will forecheck, be a net presence and score garbage goals. His seven power play goals last year with Columbus are more than Steve Bernier managed during his entire Canucks career.

It’s also more than Kyle Wellwood and Bernier had last year combined.

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Torres To Buffalo

via John Shannon tweet,

Torres to Buffalo…for a pick and a player!

added 2:24pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Paetsch and second-rounder to Columbus, I think

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Talking Torres

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Raffi Torres and Milan Jurcina, a pair of UFAs, continue to attract serious interest. In the case of Torres, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Boston are three of the teams we keep hearing.

The Bruins have three second-round picks in the upcoming draft so they shouldn’t have trouble meeting the Jackets’ believed asking price. It’s thought that the Bruins also have interest in Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, another UFA, among others. Torres played for Boston coach Claude Julien in the AHL with Hamilton in the 2002-03 season.

Pittsburgh is said to still have interest despite dealing their second-round pick to Florida for Jordan Leopold. They are looking for a rugged winger with a scorer’s touch to put on a line with Evgeni Malkin. Would the Penguins be willing to part with offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski if the Jackets sweetened the pot?

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