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Report: NHL won’t announce Torres decision until “at least Saturday”

Apr 20, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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According to various sources, the fate of Raffi Torres won’t be decided today.

That’s the word from RDS’ Renaud P. Lavoie (and The Sporting News’ Sean Gentille), who are reporting the NHL won’t announce the results of Torres’ in-person disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shananan until “at least Saturday.”

The Torres-Shanahan meeting occurred on Friday at the NHL head office in New York.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Torres and Coyotes GM Don Maloney are flying back to Phoenix today and won’t be available for comment anytime soon.

“I would be shocked if there’s a decision from NHL today,” McKenzie tweeted. “Plus, I would suspect Shanahan will have to think long and hard on this one.”

This is the second time this postseason Shanahan has taken his time making a suspension announcement. The first was when the decision to ban Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was made roughly six hours prior to Tuesday’s Game 3 — despite the fact Shaw’s infraction occurred on Saturday and his hearing was on a Monday.

Should note the announcement’s timing has no real bearing on Torres’ availability for the remainder of this series. He’s been suspended indefinitely and, barring a shockingly light ruling, won’t play again in the opening round.

The Coyotes and Blackhawks resume their series on Saturday with Game 5 in Phoenix.

Update: The NHL has confirmed Torres’ ruling will be announced on Saturday.

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  1. howiehandles - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    So until the series is over, he’s not planning on announcing a suspension? Grow some balls Shanny. Don’t wait to see if the series goes to a game 6, and Hossa comes back.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I dunno. If they were gaming for a suspension, the Hawks would be unofficially fanning the flames of this whole “broken jaw” rumor that really hasn’t gone anywhere since Tuesday night. Assuming they play games with their lineup like Tippett.

      But it sounds like they’re treating this like any other major injury, with a giant stonewall.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      I obviously have nothing on which to base this opinion other than my own personal hunch, but I don’t expect to see Hossa again this series … and probably not the next, if the Hawks are fortunate enough to advance.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    The delay mitigates against further success by the Hawks: recalling last year’s playoffs, the Hawks used the Torres hit on Seabrook to rally a massive comeback that missed by half an inch when Sharp just caught the goalie’s pad on a series winning overtime thrust in game seven [ Burrows was allowed to catch, then throw the puck toward the net in time to step into a screamer for the win; speaking of variable rule interpretation by weak-kneed officials ]? If Torres is back while the present series continues, the Hawks would have Torres to focus Blackhawk hate and there are only two greater motivators than hate, one being money and the other being the ‘other’! Were Torres to return as it appears he might if Hawks are eliminated, he’ll return after the series is concluded, and the traveling minstrel show that is the NHL head office will give us the full song and dance but instead of black-face, we’ll have egg-face and plenty of it! Yolking aside, one may ask…why? Franchises struggling to make payroll or survive in their market have historically found themselves on the favorable side of rulings on and off the ice pretty much since 2004 and 2006 when Calgary and Tampa and Edmonton and Carolina all cried poverty! In 2012, we have Nashville and Phoenix in the same straits, so look for Gary and Brendan to put on their chef’s hats real soon? Omelette anyone…

  3. mb65dod - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    What is Shanny waiting for? To see if Hossa will play on Saturday? Certainly he did not wait as long to see if Smith is OK after the collision with Shaw… It is getting better and better. I’ve lost any respect I ever had for Shanny.

  4. chiadam - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    One hundred million games.

    • kitshky - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      if we let him live..

    • themohel - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      He plays the next game barefoot!!

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Hossa will be playing as soon as Torres is suspended. Merical Recovery. All joking aside I hope Hossa will be back soon. Hate to see anyplayer hurt.

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