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Raffi Torres suspended 2 games

Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:56 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 9:59 pm

By: Adam Gretz

Not even a day dominated by the Winter Classic can stop NHL discipline from sneaking into the news.

The NHL announced on Monday evening that Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended two games for a charging incident that took place during their 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, not long after he was fined for a hit in his previous game. There was no penalty called on the play, but Brendan Shanahan determined that it was worth him missing the next two games against St. Louis and Los Angeles.

He'll be eligible to return to the lineup on January 7 when the Coyotes host the New York Islanders.

The hit took place midway through the first period when he hit Minnesota's Nate Prosser.

"As the video shows, Torres approaches Prosser just inside the Minnesota blue line as Prosser is making a pass up the ice," said Shanahan. 'Torres is in position to make a clean, full body check. However, rather than drive through his opponents chest or shoulder, Torres rises up and leaves his feet prior to contact, launching himself into Prosser and making significant contact with Prosser's head. While players skates often come off the ice after impact on clean body checks, that is not the case here."

Along with that description, Shanahan also made it known that this was the third game in a row that a hit from Torres has drawn the attention of NHL player safety. Earlier in the week he was fined $2,500 (the maximum fine allowed) for elbowing Colorado's Jan Hejda, a hit that many felt should have resulted in a suspension of its own.

"It is important to note that this is the third game in a row that Torres has gotten the attention of the department of player safety for contact to the head," said Shanahan. "In fact, only hours before the Minnesota game Torres was fined and warned against such actions. In addition, Torres has been fined twice before and was suspended nine months ago for a similar play."

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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:04 am

Raffi Torres suspended 2 games

His other hit was on Andrew Ference of the Bruin's that drew Raffi a beating by Adam McQuaid on his home ice. The suspensions have got to be similar to DUI's. If the perp doesn't learn from the first couple, you take them off the road longer and longer until they lose their liscense for good. It wouldn't be hard to find a replacement for Torres' "skills" in the minor leagues.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:45 am

Raffi Torres suspended 2 games

Too many players missing games from head shots and elbows, 2 games, some message. How about a suspension and you stay out for as long as the player you injure is out. May be excessive but too many stars are being lost. You hate to see the physical play diminished in the league but some of these guys have no respect for other players.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:19 pm

Raffi Torres suspended 2 games

2 whole games huh?  Torres is a goon, he needs to be given a real suspension.  It should've been 5 games and next time 10.

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