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Raffi Torres receives two-game suspension

Jan 2, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

Now that Matt Cooke is seemingly cleaning up his act, Raffi Torres might be the NHL’s new poster child for recidivist dirty hitting. Time and time again the Phoenix Coyotes forward bends or breaks the rules and it doesn’t seem like he’s learning from his “mistakes.” Brendan Shanahan & Co. handed him a two-game suspension for his hit on Nate Prosser of the Minnesota Wild.

After making some strong statements with lengthy suspensions during the preseason, there’s a growing sentiment that the NHL’s disciplinary policies are as random and toothless as ever. Many might point to Torres’ bad deeds (not to mention Daniel Carcillo‘s antics, which we’ll touch on later) as one of the most plaguing examples.

What do you think? Did Torres deserve more or less of a punishment or did Shanahan get it just right?

  1. foodforthesoul28 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Good! And when he gets back, McQuaid as well as everyone else can beat the crap out of him again and again and again!!

  2. supermav16 - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    These 2 and 3 game suspensions are working out so well as punishment and deterrent that I’m sure there won’t be another head hunting incident in the NHL for at least another 2 or 3 hours.

    • hockeyfan2010 - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Agreed, until Brendan Shanahan starts handing out some serious time off (think 10+ games for repeat offenders) coupled with a stiff fine (these $2,500 fines are a drop in the bucket to most of these players) these blatantly illegal hits will continue to occur.

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Oh, yes, because people are really going to miss him in Phoenix. He gets a week’s vacation, the team doesn’t give a fuck and absolutely nothing changes. Christ, and here was me thinking twenty would send the right message, yet cynically expecting five. Turns out even when I’m cynical I’m a goddamn optimist. That, or Shanahan’s just terrible at his job.

  4. kmcgin - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Seems like the cries for a third party to act as a disciplinarian are starting to hold more water?

    • danphipps01 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      At one point, I dismissed the notion out of hand. If anyone knew what he was going, it’d be a player, I thought.

      Well, Brendan, you’ve proved me wrong. I’ll take anyone I’m convinced has a strong knowledge of the game and isn’t all bleeding-heart and trying to take fighting out or some stupid thing like that. Anyone who really knows the game and is passionate about it and doesn’t consider the job done until this shit stops happening, and is willing to lay on the pressure to do it. Shanahan, apparently, is content with the game as it is now. As long as the next candidate fucking ISN’T, I’ll give him a fair chance no matter where he comes from.

  5. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    funny it happens on a weak play at best… as a Wild fan this wasn’t that bad of a hit… he barely left his feet but I guess Shanahan has had enough of the Minny media beating him up about not taking it to the dirty hits against our squad… 2 points for fly over country LOLOLOLZ

  6. vanfoodman - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Isn’t this Torres’s third head shot this season? And he gets 2 BLOODY GAMES?!?!? This goes to show you that it doesn’t matter who’s handing out the discipline, this is a systemic problem not a personnel problem. Shanny’s not the problem and neither was Campbell, it’s the NHL as a whole that’s the problem.

    • hockeyfan2010 - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Try third head shot in under a week. And considering that he’s obviously a repeat offender, 2 games is a joke.

  7. xkaren08 - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    2 games. Seriously? Can we have pre-season Shanny back please? Why is he backing off of the lengthy suspensions? Pressure from the GMs or the NHLPA or somebody?

    I also really want the coaches and GMs to start putting pressure on these guys to shape up or ship out of their organizations. Look at what a difference that’s made with Matt Cooke.

    If Matt !@#$% Cooke can clean up his act then Torres and Carcillo should be able to as well. But clearly they aren’t going to without some serious consequences.

  8. 2qswing - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Multiple repeat offender, illegal hit, no injury resulted, leaves his feet
    Wizniewski 10 games (didnt leave his feet)
    Torres 2 games, even though he was warned and fined earlier in the same week.

    Nice job Shanny. Torres is laughing at you

  9. imleftcoast - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I’m suprised at the reaction on here. Two games seemed right for the hit, but good points about Torres’ week and seeming lack of respect. I don’t know if anyone has been so due for a steroids test since Bertuzzi – not that the NHLPA would allow it.

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