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NHL-owned Coyotes agree with Torres suspension decision

Apr 21, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

Don Maloney AP

The NHLs decision to suspend Raffi Torres 25 games for his illegal hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa is generating reaction from around the league, but it’s his own team’s response that was the one we were most curious about.

After all, we’ve seen the Rangers and Capitals speak their mind about separate suspensions to Carl Hagelin and Nicklas Backstrom, but would the NHL-owned Coyotes dissent against Torres’ lengthy ban? The simple answer is, “No.”

Coyotes GM Don Maloney released a statement on the Coyotes website saying both he and the rest of the organization agree with Torres’ suspension.

“I want to thank Brendan Shanahan and his staff for their thorough review of this incident,” said Maloney. “The ruling is very severe for Raffi and our Hockey Club. Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on what is acceptable in our game today. We hope Marian Hossa makes a full and speedy recovery as we all enjoy watching him perform. The Club accepts the NHL’s decision and will focus on our game tonight.”

These words from Maloney are a lot more peaceful than his wild statements about how the reaction to Torres’ hit was akin to that of a guy that killed a bus full of children. Now if Torres can turn his attitude around as fast as Maloney has perhaps he can go about his career without any further controversy. Perhaps being ward of the league helped keep everyone’s opinions in check on this one in Phoenix.

  1. HawaiiHockey - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    There has clearly been an about face by the league to clean up the NHL image, pronto.

    You can argue all day long about the “traditions” of hockey and whether violence is a part of that, but the bottom line is today’s NHL doesn’t want most people THINKING that it is a part of its tradition. Period.

    I for one think its a smart move by the NHL as popularity of the sport is a good thing for everyone involved as long as its core remains. We want to see hard clean hits all day long. But not this kind of stuff.

    • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      For the image of the game I thnk they should be a little more subtle about this ridiculous arrangement in Phx ..

  2. gaborik104life - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Damn it them arguing it would be a fight for the ages. They’d be arguing both sides jumping from side to side talk about entertainment…

  3. coyotefan - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Don, let’s be polically correct. What a load of crap.

  4. habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    The Cototes are owned by the NHL. So of course the discipline was correct.

  5. bigbluenoser - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    The Hagelin elbow to Alfredsson’s head and the 3 game suspension seems kind of light compared to 25 games for Torres.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Gee…I wonder which bootlick featured in the interview wants to keep his job? Maloney’s about-face pretty much qualifies him for a fast-track to the NHL League Office after the Coyotes move to Quebec City. Better stock-up on Right Guard’s Electric Blue 48 hour protection…the place is rank with the stink of hypocrisy!

  7. ray2013 - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    What did you expect him to say? “The NHL are a bunch of idiots, and don’t know what they’re doing?” Maybe when he’s having a beer at home, he’ll fess up and say what he really thinks, but he’s not going to say anything publicly against his bosses.

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