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Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 6:26 pm
 
A few feet to his right or left was all that separated Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres from another suspension for a blindside hit.
 
Torres caught an unsuspecting Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook up high during the second period, a collision that drew an interference minor. But the NHL decided to take no action on Monday and league disciplinarian Colin Campbell explained in a statement why that was: 
"When Rule 48 (Illegal Check to the Head) was unanimously adopted by the General Managers in March 2010, there was no intention to make this type of shoulder hit to the head illegal. In fact, at that time, we distributed a video to all players and teams that showed a similar hit on a defenseman by an attacking forward coming from the opposite direction behind the net and stated that this is a 'legal play'.

"This hit meets none of the criteria that would subject Torres to supplemental discipline, including an application of Rule 48: he did not charge his opponent or leave his feet to deliver this check. He did not deliver an elbow or extended forearm and this hit was not 'late'."

Seabrook, for one, said Monday there should have been another ban in the offing, according to CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers:
Asked if he was surprised Torres didn’t get a suspension on the hit, Seabrook said, “yep.”

“With his history I think that hit deserves a suspension. Not going to complain about that. It’s a fast game. Things happen quickly. You have a split second to make a decision. He wasn’t trying to hit me in the head but at the same time if they’re not going to suspend somebody for that I just don’t understand that.”

“I think he kept his elbow in but he hit the head first,” Seabrook continued. “As far as I’m concerned that’s the only thing I felt. The rest of my body’s feeling the rest of it today. Whether or not he was targeting (my head) he made contact with the head first.”

Here’s a look at the hit. Seabrook was knocked out of the game briefly after another check by Torres later in the period of the Canucks’ 3-2 victory over the ‘Hawks, although Seabrook returned for the third. The Canucks lead the series, 3-0. 

Torres was playing in his first contest since he was suspended four games for a hit on Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on April 5.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville, according to CSN Chicago, took more issue with the fact his team wasn't given a major penalty for the collision.
“I have no problem with that as far as the league views it. They know the standards, they know the criteria. They do a good job with that. The call on the ice is where we got hurt the most,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “It should’ve been a major penalty because he didn’t touch the puck. Hit like that you could be exposed to severe injuries and that’s the intent of a major call.”

-- A.J. Perez
Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

What exactly was Quennville trying to accomplish by throwing that 6'8" pile of uselessness out there last night?  Scott's stupid penalty resulted in a goal, shifting the momentum in Vancouver's favor and we all know what happened after that.

Vancouver is simply outplaying us. That's all there is to it. Can someone call the Blackhawks and let them know the playoffs started three games ago and any time Kane, Keith, Seabrook, etc. want to show up is fine by me.

I hope to enjoy the last Blackhawks game of the season tomorrow night.

Spot on.  Our top players haven't shown up yet.  Kane thinks he is a freaking Ewok in the ice capades dancing around and the D looks lost.  Who the hell cares about mullets and playoff beards when you are only going to get to play 4 games (and not even show up for em)?  Hard to believe that most of these players are from last years team. 

Scott serves only one real purpose which is to fight.  While Buff was smaller than Scott, he knows how to cover up the goalie and to redirect shots.  Scott is just a big goon.  I think Quennville was just trying to get some size in there, but when you put Scott out there, you trade size for skill.




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

I think the Hawks should pull Ogie Oglithorpe, Dr. Hook McCracken and the Hanson Bros out of retirement and just pound the crap out of Torres tomorrow. 

 



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

Beavis Bettman is an idiot.

If Adolf Goodell, oops I mean ROGER HITLER wasn't busy destroying the NFL, Bettman would easily be the worst commissioner in any of the four major U.S. Sports.

I think John Scott should just bust his stick over the head of that d-bag Torres on Tuesday.  Torres is as dumb as a box of rocks. Didn't he just get suspended for a similar hit? What a moron.

John Scott < Dustin Byufglien.

What exactly was Quennville trying to accomplish by throwing that 6'8" pile of uselessness out there last night?  Scott's stupid penalty resulted in a goal, shifting the momentum in Vancouver's favor and we all know what happened after that.

Vancouver is simply outplaying us. That's all there is to it. Can someone call the Blackhawks and let them know the playoffs started three games ago and any time Kane, Keith, Seabrook, etc. want to show up is fine by me.

I hope to enjoy the last Blackhawks game of the season tomorrow night.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

We've pretty much lost the series, so settle this the old fashioned hockey way.  No fines or suspensions or league interference in the game.  I think it is time Mr. John Scott says hello to Mr. Torres.  Since suspensions and fines don't seem to work with this goon, just kick his ass a couple times instead and save the team they face in the next round the possibility of losing a player for the playoffs when this guy illegals hits em.  Sure, we might end up with a game that looks like the end of Slap Shot (minus the striptease), but it would make for interesting hockey....

The bigger issue here is why the Hawks let Seabrook back on the ice so fast.  I thought there were new protocols for protecting players from playing with brain scrambling injuries...but I guess they aren't in place when you need the guy back on the ice ASAP.  

Damn good series by the Canucks.  Even though they played great in the regular season, I didn't know if they had it in em to do it in the playoffs.  They look like the Hawks did last year...faster than everyone else with great passing, good D, and a goalie who is playing out of his mind.  




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

 - what does anyone's ability to skate have to do with anything? You can't even spell. Jackass.



Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

The NHL should be embarrassed of itself after this.  Torres just steps back on the ice after serving a 4 game suspension for a HIT TO THE HEAD on Eberle, and does the same exact thing to Seabrook!  Luckily, Seabrook didnt get concussed on the play, but if he had, would that have changed the mind Colin Campbell to suspend Torres?  You bet your ass it would.  So the league is basically saying, go ahead and hit guys in the head, but if they get concussed, you are going to be suspended!  How does that exactly curb hits to the head? 

The NHL should be ashamed of letting a repeat offender off scott free! 



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Canucks' Torres avoids suspension for big hit

You are a complete moron and probally cant skate if you think the Torres hit was worth a suspension.
It was a clean hockey hit the puck was there, Seabrook should know better he is an all star defenceman.

 My guess is that maybe, MAYBE you can "Skate", but you clearly have a long way to go with regard to knowledge if you think that was a clean hit. LEARN THE GAME!!!  Also, starting off your post with a personal attack shows you need to mature a little as well. 



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: Raffi Torres avoids suspension

You know, I was fully expecting a suspension to come out of this. Am I shocked that there will not be one? No. I think I'm just giving up on understanding the guidelines.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Report: Raffi Torres avoids suspension

 wrote:

I am disturbed that you even came up with this example for how it is determined.... on so many different levels.  I do agree, however, that the punishments are arbitrary at best.
Would you have preferred, "throwing darts at a numbered board, in between sessions of watching clown pRon", or "sumo wrestling Gary Bettman while pretending to mete out justice for the Bruins"...?

I would also hazard that if Matt Cooke made the same hit under the same circumstances there would be suspension
Actually, anytime Matt Cooke steps onto the ice, he should be automatically suspended. Tongue out 



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Report: Raffi Torres avoids suspension

You are a complete moron and probally cant skate if you think the Torres hit was worth a suspension.
It was a clean hockey hit the puck was there, Seabrook should know better he is an all star defenceman.
Take a look at the video, tml.  Since when is leading with your shoulder and hitting someone in the head from behind while they're in a defenseless position (head turned to receive the puck) a clean hockey hit?!?  Should Seabrook have been more aware and kept his head up, absolutely.  Was it a clean hit, absolutely not.  I get it, though, no one outside of Canada knows s**t about the game, right?!?  Is it going to take someone becoming paralyzed before you're in favor of eliminating that type of reckless play?!?  I guess I'd be angry and bitter too if my team hadn't sniffed the playoffs in 7 years.


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