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Don Cherry thinks Torres should get a 10-game suspension

Apr 18, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

Don Cherry, the man who recently attacked reporters for not liking “the fights and the banging around” in the playoffs, took exception to Raffi Torres‘ hit on Marian Hossa. If you’re not familiar with the incident, you can view it for yourself below:

Cherry doesn’t think Hossa deserved that and thinks Torres should receive a 10-game suspension as punishment. Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing on Friday. The fact that his hearing has been pushed back means that he’ll miss at least one contest.

Andy McDonald also recently suggested that tougher suspensions might lead to changes and the stage certainly seems to be set for a significant ruling.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    He also took issue with the Hagelin hit on Alfredsson and the Brown hit on Sedin.

  2. hky15 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Just wondering how Hossa deserved it?

  3. hky15 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Oh, my bad…

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Cherry is a typical Canadian Clown. Torres should be banned from the league as should Matt Cooke.

    • habsman - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Typical American clown.

    • mordock57 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      Matt Cooke? Seriously? Did you even watch any hockey this season? Cooke’s game COMPLETELY changed. He was several times more squeaky clean than his former self, let alone Torres. (Not to mention had his best career scoring as a result.) And if you watched tonight’s game, you saw Cooke take crosschecks from two different Flyers at once, in front of the refs, and he did NOT retaliate… and Cooke was the one kicked out of the game. Cooke has practically been a saint compared to Torres. You need to get off whatever you’re smoking, man.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Cooke should get the Lady Bing based on his play this year.

  5. obamablowz - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    This is the SAME EXACT hit Neal did on Couturier in Flyers/Penguins series….only difference is player is injured!!!!!!!!!! I’m sick and tired of the penalty being determined by the injury.

    • th86cj7 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Best post on here in a long time. Neal got one game for the EXACT same hit minus the injury. They are both cheap dirty hits and should both be punished accordingly with Torres getting more.for being a repeat offender but the extent of injury should have zero to do with it. Neal should have got at least four games for his hit plus his attempted decapatation of giroux, its about intent, not the results. Otherwise its going to be be `sure try and hurt who ever you want if you dont succeed no problem, but if you do, watch out well crucify you` this has become a joke

      • ray2013 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:50 AM

        I have a different beef with the injury determining the severity of the suspension. Hockey, as a sport, glorifies fighting through the pain and injuries to win. If you go back a ways, players like Bobby Baun were glorified for playing on a broken leg. You see pictures of players with their jerseys all bloodied, and coming back to play. Players are conditioned to shut up about any injuries or pain and go out and win. It would take a compound fracture or a pretty serious TKO for a lot of these guys to sit out any real time during the playoffs. To sum up, you never really know what these illegal hits have done, because the players sure as heck aren’t going to tell anyone about them, or admit to being injured, so punishing intent seems to be the logical necessity. Torres left his feet, connected with Hossa’s head, suspend him for that, even if Hossa were able to play next game.

      • joecsports - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        The NHL needs to consider encoraging referees and linesman to issue more ten-minute match penalty for a hit to the head like Torres hit on Hossa the other night. The intent to injure penalty is already in the book and a ten-minute power play that wouldn’t end with just one goal would be a huge deterrant.(especially in the playoffs) Let the other team pick the player that serves (even the goalie). The player gets an automatic three-game suspension, the next one is ten and then next one is a full season. Also, the team can’t replace the guy on the they would be down to 17 skaters for the next game. The last thing a hockey player wants to do is hurt his team. These rules would make a Raffi Torres think twice about what he does or eventuality make a team think twice about the risk of having him on their team.

  6. silver1515 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Cherry knows what he is talking about. He has done more for hockey and the promotion of hockey than any yank ever has…,

  7. clavette - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    If torres was playing for a canadian team he would be having a hissy fit right now

  8. mydadyourmom - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Typical Canadian clown? What a douche comment. Also, Sharks are toast and San Jose is a dump.

  9. rico33rd - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I’ll bet sjsharksfan has never stepped on the ice and has no comprehension on how fast the game can be. Americans learned from Canadians and play the same style. Go back to your video game.

  10. Doesnotmatter - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    meh, Cherry lost his credibility a long time ago. He just wants attention. Relax, people. His opinions and hockey knowledge are as relevant as are mine or yours. And I don’t care if he’s from Mars, Canada or the USA.

  11. bensawesomeness - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team, and ultimately, I’m not saying this isnt a suspendable hit, and im not saying it wasnt dirty. But Duncan Keith elbowed Sedin in the face, after talking it before hand (therefore premeditated), and only got 5 regular season games.

    This was a late hit, and a charge, but there’s no way this is worse than intentionally elbowing somebody in the face full blast

    • b1unt3d - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      Both should have been at least 20 game suspensions.

      • bensawesomeness - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:41 AM

        I’ll agree to that

        Honestly, i strongly feel like if you intentionally hurt a guy, you should have to sit as long as he’s out for. Keith would have just gotten back, maybe plus a few games for the crime itself. Keith would just be getting back, Torres would be gone as long as Hossa’s out, and it shows guys that that’s not ok

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