Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended 25 games for his vicious and violent hit on Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa. The hit took place in Game 3 of their match up, and neither has seen the ice since. Hossa did not travel with the team to Phoenix, and his team is in a deep 3-1 hole. They must win tonight on the road, without Hossa, to avoid elimination. NHL Vice President for Player Safety Brendan Shanahan, who handed down the suspension, said Torres was guilty of interference, charging and an illegal check to the head, plus there were two other factors he considered. “First, this violent and dangerous hit caused a severe injury,” Shanahan said. “Second, Torres not only is a repeat offender as defined by the CBA, his extensive Supplemental Discipline history consists mainly of acts very similar to this one — including two this season.” In other words, Torres is a dirty player with a history for violence, and obviously these “rulings” are not enough to make the man stop trying to kill people on the ice. As a matter of fact, a year ago to the date, he did the same thing to the Blackhawks. He was on the Vancouver Canucks this time last year. He put a vicious hit on Brent Seabrook and was actually called for a penalty, this time he was not because the NHL says they did not see the hit. Hard for me to believe that 3 officials missed this hit. In fact, here’s a PERFECT snap shot of when Torres collided with Hossa. What is this ref looking at?
He will forfeit $21,341.46 in salary for every regular-season game he must sit out next season because of his suspension. Oh, and if anybody forgot. The Phoenix Coyotes are a dying franchise, and are owned by the NHL. Is it a coincidence that most of this series has been lopsided in favor of the Coyotes? Either way, this should be some extra motivation for the Blackhawks to at least stretch the series, and go back home to Chicago. This series is far from over, despite the 3-1 edge for Phoenix. Just win this one and go back to home to the Madhouse on Madison. As most fans and players are promoting. WIN IT FOR HOSSA!