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Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 5:11 pm
 
Raffi Torres wasn't just given the standard two-game ban for his blindside head hit. 

Possibly tied to his comments that questioned the direction of NHL's push to limit head hits, the league suspended the Vancouver Canucks forward for his team's final two regular season games along with the first two games of the playoffs on Thursday. 

The suspension comes two days after Torres elbowed Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on the side of the head. The third-period collision drew a major penalty and a game misconduct. Here's a look at the hit. Eberle wasn't hurt on the play. 

After Tuesday's game, Torres was hardly repentant. 

“If they are trying to get rid of clean hits like that, what’s this league going to be in a couple of years?,” Torres told the Vancouver Sun

Torres will forgo $10,752.68 in salary for the two regular season games he'll miss.

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

Saying Cooke isnt a coward speaks volumes when it comes to a lack of hockey IQ, whats speaks even more is the fact that you say Bertuzzi is
In the Hockey World, the Real World, every world except the one you live in Five (Detroit is the Garden of Eden), one who attacks a man with his back turned is a COWARD.  That's your boy Bert.  He does have company with Matt Martin on the Island.




Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

What a farce.  Not a blindside hit.  The dude brought his arm up to protect his face right before getting hit, which indicates he saw Torres coming.  As for the elbow, what the hell was Torres supposed to do, raise his arms in the air?  The guys head came in at about chest level and hit Raffi's elbow, not the other way around.  All Torres did was throw a body check, albeit a really hard one, on a guy going after the puck.  Game misconduct and suspension for hitting to hard.

You want to see a blindside head hit, rewind a few weeks to the Bruins v. Canadiens game where Pacioretti got clocked by that dirty goony bear on skates.  You can see in the video that Chara uses his arm (elbow included) to guide Pac's head into a lightly padded stanchion.  This is just another example of the favoritism the NHL plays with its big-name players.  I guess all you have to do to avoid suspension is claim after the game that you didn't mean to hurt anyone.  BS BS BS.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

Freedom of speech has never and will never exist for athletes or coaches in sports.
Although I agree that Torres is stupid, I have to slightly disagree with this statement. At least the wording. Everyone is entitled to freedom of speech. What people don't seem to realize, and as weird or wrong as it sounds, is that just because you have the freedom of speech, doesn't mean you can sound off on any situation anywhere you wish. Freedom of speech, in America at least, only protects your rights as a citizen to express your opinion, without being persecuted. It doesn't protect your job status. One can express themselves as much as they want, without fearing going to jail. But, it doesn't mean that an employer can't get rid of them for their actions. Learned that one the hard way............ Twice.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

To be fair, this was Matt Cooke's 5th suspension, and 2nd within about a month or so.

Torres got a slap on the wrist compared to Cooke's latest suspension, but it's still more than Cookes first suspension.

Even the biggest Penguin fan must understand why such a big difference.



Cooke absolutely deserved more for the reasons you have given. 

I think the suspension was about right, and it is a good example of a reasonable response to a hit.  I think there needs to be some consistency, and each subsequent violation needs to include increased punishment.  I would expect for example that any future violation of Cooke would include a suspension of greater than 15 games or so.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

To be fair, this was Matt Cooke's 5th suspension, and 2nd within about a month or so.

Torres got a slap on the wrist compared to Cooke's latest suspension, but it's still more than Cookes first suspension.

Even the biggest Penguin fan must understand why such a big difference.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

scurry13 you are very right. Torres got a slap on the wrist for a very blatent elbow to the head. Further proof that Campbell has a hardon for Matt Cooke.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

Actually, if you're going to go with the Bertuzi / Moore incident, the hit this resembles was the hit Moore put on Naslund.  Watch both hits.

Player "A" does not have teh puck but leans forward trying to get it, which leaves him in a vulnerable position.  Player "B" comes in with a chance to make a play and choses to ignore the puck and lay the guy out with a shot to the head.  Both guys kept their feet down and didn't lead with the elbow.

Now Moore's was before the rule change so he did not get suspended.  It was what they considred a legal hit.  The fans (especially in Vancouver) were up in arms about the hit.  They wanted him suspended, punished and even talked about having him ejected from the league.  most felt that Moore "got what he deserved" when Bertuzi broke his neck and gave him a brain injury.

I did not hear one Vancouver fan claim at the time that Naslund was to blame because he put his head down.

Now the NHL has changed.  In part becasue of hits like that one.  As of this season, they have said no more hits to the head on that vulnerable player.  Torres crossed the line and got suspended.

The part I find funny is that the Canuck fans wanted Moore strung up because he took a shot at Naslund when Naslund was vulnerable.  Now that Torres did the same thing, they blame the other player for putting himself in a bad spot. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Raffi Torres' suspension stretches into playoffs

This should serve as a lesson to all players in the future. Just memorize the standard cliches and token meaningless apology and don't speak any other words than to anyone with a camera, microphone or other type of recording device. That statement is how they justify an additional 2 game suspension running through the playoffs? I'm calling conspiracy right now.

Call it whatever you want to call it.  The bottom line is players with brains know when to shut their mouths.  Players with brains know what to say when they speak.   Players without brains don't.  Players without any common sense at all do something stupid then lash out at the league... they lash out at the people that control their destiny so Torres deserves what he gets.   Freedom of speech has never and will never exist for athletes or coaches in sports.   These organizations can't afford to have idiots running their mouth at or on behalf of the league.... Torres is stupid. 


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