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According to the Sun-Times, Raffi Torres is Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1

Apr 19, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

From Adam Jahns, here’s the back page of today’s Chicago Sun-Times:


Torres, of course, annihilated Chicago forward Marian Hossa during Tuesday’s Game 3, which the Coyotes went on to win 3-2 in overtime.

Hossa has been ruled out of Game 4, but the ‘Hawks aren’t offering much else in the way of a status update.

Here’s the latest from the Sun-Times:

“There’s no change,” Quenneville said. “I spoke to him [Wednesday]. He’s probably felt the same way the past few days.”

Quenneville also wouldn’t forecast Hossa’s availability. Right now, he’s at home resting after being hospitalized after getting hit in the head by Raffi Torres in the first period of Game 3.

“I’m not going to go out any further than where we’re at today,” Quenneville said.

The Hawks, though, have said it’s been good to communicate with Hossa since seeing him carried off on a stretcher and hospitalized after the hit.

“He’s texting all the boys back, so he’s pretty busy with his phone now,” Jonathan Toews said. “I don’t want to keep him too busy. You want him to rest and relax. But by the sound of it, he’s getting better as the day goes on.”

Torres won’t play tonight as he’s suspended indefinitely pending Friday’s hearing with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. Rookie Brandon Saad will draw in for Hossa, while Marc-Antoine Pouliot will replace Torres in the Coyotes lineup.

  1. t16rich - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    This angers me because two times this year, Chicago players have thrown cheap shots. Keith being one, and Carcillo on Gilbert. I get that they’re mad because Raffi has done it to their stars before, but take a look on your side of the fence Chicago. Youre far from innocent on cheap shots this year.

    • pone27 - Apr 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Its not the fact that Chicago plays are throwing cheap shots and what not. Carcillo is another Torres type player, so X that out. Keith retaliated on an elbow done to him in the same fashion by Sedin, so Sedin was asking for it (not saying Keith was right.) But this hit by Torres is EXACTLY what the NHL wants out. He is going to get what he deserves in suspension, but the point of the matter is that its a dirty hit, and officials were right there and DID NOT call a thing. Hossa went off on a freaking stretcher, what else do you want? Torres has single handedly done this MULTIPLE times this season, so yeah I will remain ticked off.

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        Sedins shoulder hit Keith right square on his logo. the two helmets might have touched. Torres hit on Hossa was a hockey play. There is at least 5 of these hits in a game all the time. Hossa is just too soft and can.t take it. But I hope he is back soon. And I am glad Toews and Sedin are back. Hope Alfy gets back.

      • you4real - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Putting the Sedin hit in the same group with the kieth hit is idiotic. Although Torres’ hit was bad, he wasn’t hanging an elbow trying to take someone’s head off. I guess since Sedin didn’t go off on a stretcher it’s fair to call Hossa “soft” now right?

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      Both were penalized, though Keith should have gotten 5. And Carcillo got some instant karma and did everyone a favor by injuring himself for the year on that play.

      Torres was not penalized for this hit. Nor was he suspended after last year’s hit.

      Not saying that makes the others right. But the indignation isn’t entirely unwarranted.

      • fourfeatherfury - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        Also, the Shaw thing didn’t help at all either. The ‘Hawks have been on the losing end of every bad call/non call this entire series and at some point the absolute frustration has to come to a head. For those of you on the outside looking in, [i.e. NOT a ‘Hawks fan] this is the culmination of all the breaks going the other way. You have to at least expect something like this to become a big deal, passionate fans [like ones that set attendance records] lead to passionate responses. So, if you’re upset about all the ‘Hawks coverage, blame that on Torres too.

  2. hsnepts - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Every team is guilty. There are jackasses on every team. Chicago is no exception – the list of cheapshot players that have played for the Hawks over the last few years is as long as many other teams. But I’m not trying to single out Chicago – they aren’t any worse than a dozen other teams.

    Is there any team that has no dirty, cheapshot players? Not that I can think of. Its part of hockey.

    What gets me is that there ARE respectful players in this league. Chicago has a few of those too, like Toews. Those players respect their opponents and should be treated the same in return. The officiating and the other players know who they are.

    Sure Torres, go ahead and decapitate Carcillo or Shaw or Bolland. Those guys don’t play with respect and don’t deserve any in return. But Hossa? It’s like when Marchand lowbridged Salo. If it was Kesler, sure. What goes around comes around. 5 games or whatever. But Salo?

    That’s part of the code – or whatever is left of the code. Go ahead and elbow Neil in the head – but don’t do that to Alfie.

    • soro17 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      It would be nice if they took each other out wouldn’t it? Kind of like gangsters shooting each other. Unfortunately, innocent victims such as Hossa, Salo, Sedin, Savard, etc. always seem to get in the way.

  3. garagehero1 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Hahaha…the blackhawks, one of the durtiest teams in the NHL, is now crying about dirty deeds. What a joke!!!!

  4. garagehero1 - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Hahaha…the blackhawks, one of the dirtiest teams in the NHL, is now crying about dirty deeds. What a joke!!!!

    • fourfeatherfury - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      1. Way to post twice, genius.

      2. durtiest? I can smell the stupid on you from here…

      3. The Sun-Times isn’t a Blackhawks publication.

      4. When you make bold statements about a team being ‘one of the durtiest [sic] in the league’ you should probably provide some form of evidence.

      5. Move along, cretin.

      • habsman - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        That was a solid beat down.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    BS! Sedin arrived late and his shoulder rode-up on Keith’s shoulder while catching him flush on the jaw and slamming his head into an immovable fixture, the glass! And while Keith’s retaliatory elbow was wholly reprehensible, the NHL, it’s officiating system and it’s disciplinary system foster retaliation through uneven enforcement of the rules! If anyone other than a headliner like Sedin had delivered the original hit in the corner, he’d have been sent off, and the matter might have ended. Yet, Shanahan failed to address Sedin’s actions in any way…again, reinforcing the notion there are two sets of rules. Like the high-sticking rule, players should be held accountable for controlling fists, elbows, hips and knees as well, with penalties assigned regardless of intent. Sedin earned five and a game, but was left on the ice to be mauled and seriously injured after the fact…

  6. pone27 - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    I think some of you guys on here are not understanding Torres hit.

    Torres hit is illegal and is 100% suspendable because he left his feet, catapulting himself into hossa’s head. Its 100% illegal.

    Add that up, its 200% wrong 😉

  7. Satire 24/7 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Why isn’t his head photo shopped over the Cowardly Lion then?

  8. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    If Torres was a Hawk and he took out say Doan with the same hit. It would be the cleanest hit in hockey play just finishing a check. I still say it was a clean hit. And so was Sedins on Keith.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      You can say that all you want, it doesn’t make anything you just said right.

      If Torres was a Hawk, I’d watch less, because stuff like that would happen because Torres is Torres, and nothing is going to stop him from being a punk headhunter. I can’t root for that guy. Maybe a Canuck fan can, but I can’t.

      I’m still mad that they signed (and extended) Carcillio, and I certainly won’t be trumpeting his return from injury next season. I can’t root for that guy either.

  9. paledevil - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    For the kind of money he makes.. For him to even mention he paid double or triple face to go to one game a year makes his arguement seem mercenary and vindictive… go figure..
    All these arguements can be saved for the next time Count Torres needs blood…. Hell who does not want a vampire on ones side…

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