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Coyotes announcer thinks Torres hit is as clean as you’re going to get

Apr 17, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

Is there a theory out there that states that for every opinion, there is someone who has the exact opposite view?

Raffi Torres flattened Marian Hossa during Tuesday’s game. He appeared to make contact with Hossa’s head and the Blackhawks star player was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Hossa was then put in an ambulance. TSN’s Bob McKenzie called Torres hit “illegal on so many levels.”

Tyson Nash, the former St. Louis/Phoenix player turned Coyotes announcer, had a different take. He thought that it was “as clean of a hit as you are going to get.” You can view Nash’s reaction (as well as the incident itself) below:

I will let that speak for itself.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    He left his skayes, and exploded through Hossa’s Jaw with his left shoulder…. THAT’S what was wrong with that hit you moron!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      Pardon the typo… I’m trying to type too quickly while having consumed more than a normal amount of adult beverages this evening. Carry On, Hockey Minions!

      • habsman - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        OK, we’ll give you a pass this time.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

        Why thankyou?

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM


  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Alternate headline: Tyson Nash is Delusional

    • tommytd - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      C’mon, he announces for a team with no ownership that plays hockey in the desert! What would you expect?

  3. fourfeatherfury - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Whatever, moron. I’m sure you’d be saying different if it was Doan on the stretcher. Typical classless move by a classless organization.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      I am not a Yotes fan but it’s hard to call them classless…

      (wild fan)

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

        them as in the organization …. Torres is a POS no doubt

      • henste11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:06 AM

        It’s not the team it’s the player ( Raffi Torres)

  4. billsin20xx - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Hossa didn’t have the puck, he left his feet and he went for the head!! See you after about 40 games Torres!

    • phillyhatesyou - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      knowing shanahan he will make torres sit at least 1 period

      • tommytd - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:22 AM

        The man has no stones and he’s putting players at risk with his irrational rules enforcement.

  5. orangegesus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    That hit was anything but clean.

  6. bramac43 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    That’s clean, if you’re going to cut into the middle of the ice with the puck, make sure you keep your head up. One thing you learn in youth hockey. Remember hockey is a contact sport and someone is going to get hurt, if youre going to complain about it, watch soccer..

    • fourfeatherfury - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      You Sir, are in idiot.

      • fourfeatherfury - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        Thats right, ‘in idiot’ [dumb, embarrassed face]

      • bramac43 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM


    • hossagirl - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Really?! This BS about remember hockey is a contact sport is so frigging ridiculous. Right now I am trying hard not to wish it was you out there instead of Hossa but I don’t want to be an idiot like you and open my mouth without first turning on the switch to my brain. Clean hit my rear end.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      You are a delusional idiot. 3 things wrong with this hit: 1) Hossa did not have possession of the puck. 2) Torres left his feet. 3) It was interference. This is just as bad as the hit Rome laid on Horton last year or the hit Torres laid on Seabrook. For you to claim that “remember hockey is a contact sport”? That’s bull. Torres has a history of leaving his feet and that was an absolute disgrace. If he doesn’t get suspended I’m done with the 2012 playoffs.

      • bramac43 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        First of all, your number 1 and 3 are the same thing, so clearly you don’t know anything about hockey and also you have 2 seconds to hit a guy after he moves the puck (its called finishing your hit) and your number 2 is makes no sense because he left his feet after impact was made.

      • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        I’m not going to get into a pissing contest with you about having hockey knowledge. Point is that hit wasn’t clean and he has a history of leaving his feet to make a hit. Look the hit up on Seabrook and look the hit up on Eberle. He has a reputation.

      • bramac43 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        I looked it up and yeah that was illegal. Look up Kronwalls hit on Havlat last year in the playoffs (I’m sure all of you Chicago fans remember that one). He leaves his feet after the contact is made, its a clean hit, looks similar to the hit on Torres. But I agree Torres is a d bag

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:10 AM

      I’m going to go to bed tonight believing that what you just said was meant to get everyone all pissed off and you’re the kind of person that just takes the opposite side of an argument just to be “that guy”. Because if I tried to sleep knowing that you exist in the world and really believe what you just said, I’d be up all night typing a list of reasons of why you shouldn’t be allowed to use the Internet. Ever.

  7. shutyourfivehole - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Tyson Nash apparently took too many head shots himself when he was playing. I have had to listen to him attempt to be a broadcaster and it is truly painful. Plus, he is either an idiotic homer or just stupid.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:53 AM

      Also I don’t think he commanded any more respect than Torres does when he was playing.

  8. phillyphan83 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    sorry billsin20xx, James Neal got away with the EXACT same hit on Sean Coturier with no suspension.both should get 2-3 games imo

    • themohel - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Who knows where the roulette wheel of justice will land? Shanny has said that the resulting injury matters. Neal’s victims were not hurt (fortunately), but Hossa left on a stretcher and will almost certainly miss a lot of time with a concussion. I agree with you that Neal should have received 2-3 games. This criminal is a repeat offender (worse than Cooke was?) who should get the rest at least five playoff games and ten to start next year. But the fact that it is so unpredictable what will happen is the heart of what is wrong with the NHL.

      • tommytd - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:25 AM

        You’re right and I’m about ready to swear off the NHL ’cause this ain’t hockey, this is crap. I think I’m done.

    • dmfc1112 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Let’s see what the hypocrite Shanny does on this one. Couturier, not injured. Hossa, badly injured. It’s ridiculous to think suspensions can be based on whose head is more vulnerable to a concussion.

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Hahaha right. Torres left his feet and targeted Hossa’s head aka head shot. Stop being a homer and call the game. This is problem that you see on all home brocasts across the nation. Homers on the mike. Objectivity has become a thing of the pass.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM


    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:18 AM


  10. paperlions - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Nash says exactly what you would expect the announcer that always has to face the players on a team to say. Of course he’s biased and 100% incorrect….but he also sounds to me just like almost every other homer announcer for every team.

  11. proudliberal85392 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    blkeskimo1785 The way the discipline has been handed out, I’m afraid we may be saying goodbye to you.

  12. kitshky - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    While I do find Nash really unprofessional here, and far too dismissive of a hit that’s clearly outside the rule of the game, this is hardly the worst hit of the Playoffs.

    That probably says more bout the crap that’s gone on so far this year, but think it’s pretty easy to get more emotionally worked up than usual when you see such a classy player get hurt.

    Really hope Hossa’s ok …and for the record I’m not saying Torres shouldnt be suspended, he should.

  13. chrism516 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    If he thinks that hit is clean he doesn’t know hockey and should be fired for being a moron.

  14. mrdrewstone - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Tyson Nash, I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong! Open your friggin’ eyes, even Ray Charles could see that was a dirty hit! Torres should be kicked out of the league, he’s the dirtiest player in the NHL.

  15. muir6 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Shannahan gotta b wondering why he took this job. Gotta suspend him he jumped into him. This is gettin outta control

  16. howardforvezina - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Hossa deserved the cup but no player deserves this injuring them. Get well soon and dont rush back.

  17. erk877 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    This is how you deal with dirtbags like Torres.

  18. kascal13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Torres definitely left his feet on that and made contact with Hossa’s head. Not sure I’d fault him for the hit being a bit late; Hossa had just gotten rid of the puck and was at the end of the 2-Mississippi guideline. But it’s still a suspension worthy hit, for sure. It’ll be interesting to see what Shanny does with this one. It’s not the dirtiest hit of the playoffs for sure (there have been too many to name a victor there, sadly), but it might be the worst injury, and Shanny seems to base punishment on injury rather than intent (see Neal’s 1 game for 2 separate hearings and Weber’s fine for a wrestling move).

  19. dannymac17 - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    dirty hit but to be fair, when guys are moving at that speed

    im not sure if torres got out of the way that it wouldnt have been ugly.

  20. henste11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Spoken like a true HOMER you fit in with those two in Pittsburgh. Aint that right Steaggi?

  21. bergeronforselke - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    This is Shanahan’s fault for not dealing with Torres in a harsher manner for the other incidents. If he isn’t suspended indefinitely, a la Carcillo, then somethings amiss.

  22. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    I had to watch it a couple of times, but, as several people have mentioned, he left his feet and his shoulder connected with Hossa’s jaw. Other than that, it was a clean hit. What a DB announcer you are Tylan Nash.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the dartboard of justice comes up with this time. Does Torres get “The Shaw” – 3 game suspension (12 game regular season equivalent)? Or does Torres get “The Weber” – $2500 fine? Or “The Kesler” – no punishment at all?

  23. hy3rid12 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    i have to agree,,, other then jumping in the air and making direct contact with his head, it was a pretty clean hit.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      “Other than that bullet to the brain, Jerry is in pretty good health.”

  24. chucksname - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Obviously the guy has never read Rule 48. He may need to now.

    “It was a late hit by league standards, and while the NHL does measure hits with their eyes in terms of a feel, they also measure it in terms of time and I’m sure this will be deemed a late hit.

    “Torres launched himself into Hossa. There was a launch, and the principle point of contact was the head. In addition to that, there was a significant injury on the play and the player in question is somebody who has a history as a repeat offender.”

    Bob McKenzie, TSN

  25. benzoids - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    When did Ric Flair become a hockey announcer?

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