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Update: No hearing, supplemental discipline for Torres elbow

Dec 29, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports there will be no disciplinary hearing for Phoenix forward Raffi Torres for his elbow on Boston defenseman Andrew Ference last night.

In case you missed it earlier, here’s the hit in question…and the frontier justice administered by Adam McQuaid:

In terms of precedent, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended two players for elbowing this season: Edmonton’s Andy Sutton (five games for elbowing Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog) and Buffalo’s Ville Leino (one game for elbowing Philly’s Matt Read.) I guess the key difference is the offenders in those instances weren’t in possession of the puck like Torres was…well, like Torres temporarily was.

There’s also the thought the Torres-Ference incident was adequately handled/policed by the players on the ice, especially in light of McQuaid’s comments post-game.

“I think it’s one of those unwritten rules in hockey and we have a very tight-knit group of guys,” he said. “You’re reacting when you see a friend or a teammate take a questionable hit – or whatever the case may be. It’s more a reaction to stick up for somebody that you feel close to.”

  1. hockeyfan2010 - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    There’s also the thought the Torres-Ference incident was adequately handled/policed by the players on the ice, especially in light of McQuaid’s comments post-game.

    If that is the NHL’s reasoning, they need to seriously reconsider the instigator penalty. The teammate of a player who comes to the defense of that player shouldn’t receive an additional penalty, especially if the NHL is going to take into consideration how bad that guy got his butt whooped to determine whether or not to suspend him.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      But, but, but the Bruins are supposed to get all the breaks!

      Completely agree. Either let the players police things, or don’t. Don’t penalize the players for policing themselves through fighting.

      Unless they determine that fighting itself causes debilitating issues similar to what the NFL is dealing with…

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Lindy’s whining finally paid off.

  3. imleftcoast - Dec 29, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Torres wasn’t suspended b/c that is barely a penalty. Compare that to anything Lucic has gotten away with this year, and tell me how that is worse. Lucic got one game for sticking his f’ing leg out, and nothing for running Miller.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      So sticking a leg out is worse than a deliberate head shot.

      Nice try hater.

    • bruins72 - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:48 AM

      When whining about players suspensions please take the time to get your facts straight.Milan Lucic was suspended one game for an illegal hit on Zac Rinaldo.Adam McQuaid was fined $2500 not suspended for his kneeing major on Ottawa’s Nick Foligno. Check out Torres history on elbows and hits to the head, or at least if you’re gonna spew, please know what you’re spewin about. Thanks Bruins since ’68.

      • imleftcoast - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        No worries, and the Bruins suck balls. Lucic was suspended for hitting from behind. He did get away with sticking the leg out and running Ryan Miller. A complete, and check your f’ing history before commenting.

        Torres played on my team dickless, and he did make hits that are close to the line. I would say that he might show a lack of respect at times. The Lucic hit from behind was a complete lack of respect though. You might recall (or have actually read the article) that Torres wasn’t suspended for the Seabrook hit, but then when the Canucks were playing your precious Bruins of course a late hit was then a four-game suspension for a guy with no f’ing history of suspensions.

        In conclusion, Bruin fans have less to complain about than the fans of any other team in the league, and should stfu.

  4. deweygroup - Dec 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Torres wasn’t suspended b/c that is barely a penalty. Compare that to anything Lucic has gotten away with this year, and tell me how that is worse. Lucic got one game for sticking his f’ing leg out, and nothing for running Miller.

    Yeah right, you seem so knowledgeable about hockey…..

  5. drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    The mental gymnastics of Bruins haters is amazing.

  6. salmon90 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Torres with a dirty hit for sure. Watch the slow-mo replay of the fight to see McQuaid upper cut him when Torres is on his knees. Cheap shot for cheap shot.

  7. tommytd - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Torres is a dirty player…I hope more guys kick the crap out of him.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      At least he backs it up. Lucic won’t drop the gloves with anyone.

  8. dolanster - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Supplemental discipline administered by McQuaid. Case closed.

  9. gallyhatch - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    The NHL is definitely sending mixed signals here. I’m surprised there’s not at least a phone call about it. As a Bruins fan, I don’t care, McQuaid did what had to be done. As a hockey fan I’m left scratching my head.

  10. BurkieInBoston - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Torres must’ve thought because he was wearing a different jersey that the Bruins would forget he was one of the main weasels for the Canucks in last year’s Cup Finals. Nice try scumbag!

    • imleftcoast - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      Didn’t Marchand punch a Sedin in the face without a penalty? Talk about weasals.

  11. rdurk86 - Dec 30, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Head is principle point of contact…..check.

    Prior history of supplementary discipline….check.

    Those are at least 2 of 3 bullets on every video by Shanahan on these type of hits. So explain how this doesn’t apply?

  12. imleftcoast - Dec 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    I’m just sick of hearing the whining from Bruin fans. No one is expecting the league to protect players from Lucic and Marchard. Go f*ck yourself. Happy New Year.

  13. imleftcoast - Dec 29, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Hitting from behind. Lucic also got nothing for sticking his leg out.

  14. imleftcoast - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    What’s this stupid vote? It’s not true that Lucic got a game for hitting behind and nothing for sticking his leg out? Anyone but a Bruin would have gotten two games for Miller, two for the leg and four or five for the third infraction.

    It’s a joke what the Bruins get away with, but at least sit there quietly smug in the knowledge that Bruins get away with more. Don’t get on here and complain about it for Christ’s sake.

  15. gallyhatch - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    No problem from this Bruins fan to leave the complaining to you whiners!

    Wah! The Bruins beat other teams up! Wah! Marchand punched Sedin & didn’t get penalized!

    Maybe if the players on the team on which you root for stood up for each other you wouldn’t have such an inferiority complex.

    Happy New Year!!

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