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Torres to face hearing for hit on Prosser

Jan 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

Happy Groundhog Day! NHL.com is reporting that Coyotes forward Raffi Torres will face a disciplinary hearing Monday morning in response to his hit on Wild defenseman Nate Prosser during Saturday’s game in Minnesota.

Here’s the latest controversial Torres hit:

Not the best video, but probably enough for Brendan Shanahan to send a message. A message that Torres might actually heed this time. Though probably not.

Torres was only just fined $2,500 for elbowing Colorado defenseman Jan Hejda on Thursday. He also elbowed Boston’s Andrew Ference on Wednesday, though no supplemental discipline was handed out by the NHL.

Torres has been suspended before. In April, he was banned four games, including two playoff games, when as a member of the Canucks he elbowed Oilers forward Jordan Eberle.

/punches Ned Ryerson

  1. tommytd - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Dirty player – hope he gets the book thrown at him.

  2. hockeyfan2010 - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    So in just about a week, Raffi Torres has managed to make 3 questionable hits with primary contact to the head of the other player. I hope they throw the book at this rat. Obviously the $2,500 fine from the last hit didn’t make him think twice. Suspend him for at least a month, maybe the rest of the season.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Good point about the deterrent effect of a $2,500 fine. Pretty clear that there isn’t one at all.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    It happened versus a Wild player. He will walk free just like the 3 others who have.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      out of all the “dirty hits” that bring Shanahan into the mix, this is the least dirty of them all against Wild players, go figure,… This is all about name, not the hit. Nothing has changed in the NHL

  4. foodforthesoul28 - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I’m glad McQuaid beat the crap out of him!

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    And here we have a golden opportunity for Shanahan to salvage his reputation. For a guy everyone was hopeful would bring hardline justice, he’s seemed soft and inconsistent, having not yet handed out any particularly harsh punishments yet and having let people off for blatantly illegal hits more than once. This is a chance to recover – you have a known cheapshot artist outright mocking you, throwing three illegal hits in less than a week and completely ignoring your (laughably tiny and irrelevant) fine. Knock him on his ass. Twenty games. Or more, I could stand to see it go higher. See if he doesn’t clean up his act after THAT. See if the OTHER problem guys don’t play a little nicer after that kind of display.

    Of course, that’s what he’d do if he were interested in being GOOD at his job. Torres will get a single-digit number like everyone else, because Shanahan’s not actually going to suspend anyone long enough to matter. He doesn’t appear to have the balls.

  6. vanfoodman - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Andy Sutton got NOTHING for his late hit on Tavares in his first game back from suspension, so why would Torres get anything for this?

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