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Raffi Torres releases statement regarding suspension, might still appeal

Apr 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres AP

The one guy we hadn’t heard from regarding Raffi Torres25-game suspension for hitting Marian Hossa was Torres himself. This afternoon through the NHLPA, however, Torres did release a brief statement on his playoff-ending ban from hockey.

“My main concern is for the healthy recovery of Marian Hossa, and I hope that he will be able to get back on the ice to compete again soon. I sincerely regret injuring Marian. 

Regarding the severity of the suspension issued, I will take the next few days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.”

Torres does have the right to appeal his suspension, but should he do that his appeal won’t be heard by the man who suspended him today, Brendan Shanahan, but instead by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The chances that Bettman would go against a ruling handed down by another member of the NHL offices would seem slim.

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On the ruling, Shanahan pointed out Torres broke three separate rules during his hit on Hossa, a play that went without a penalty called during the game.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    It is hard to believe that Torres broke 3 rules of hockey on the hit. The 25 games is the right #. The one question I have since there was no penalty called on the play will the team of zebras that was doing the game get suspended for at least the rest of the playoffs? Still not as bad as the Keith hit.

    • namriverrat69 - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      His suspension is correct. If he didn’t get the message with the 25 game suspension then maybe it should be increased. There are a lot of guys who take borderline or full head shots. Hopefully this will send the message that it will not be permitted. Who knows, perhaps it may take a couple more guys for serious cheap shots to get the message across.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Read: I’ll wait a few days while my union decides if it’s a grievance issue…? Regardless, Raffi can grieve the ruling on his own, and compel the Union to represent him in appeal whether it wants to or not; any decision one way or another will relate to labour laws at play in the prevailing jurisdiction. The Player’s Association will be looking to draw lines in the sand for any reason in anticipation of sharpening their axes for CBA negotiations to come so it would be surprising if battle were not joined on the Torres suspension; a political conundrum for all concerned…

  3. th86cj7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I agree with the suspension completely considering Torres’ history and the hit itself. What still baffles me is how Shanny admitted in his video that Neal did the exact same thing, and broke all the same rule in his hit, and then 42 seconds later went after Giroux’s head and he only received one game? How can everyone keep over look this and how is this acceptable in the NHL, Neal did the EXACT same thing, although his didnt result in a stretcher, and then immediately went after someone else’s head seconds later and no one cares? This is not right. Torres suspension is fair and right but Neal should be gone for at least 10 games too. I am not a Flyers fan btw, its just common sense, two deliberate hits to the head on the same shift?

  4. puckyouall - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    What’s really inconsistent is the game officiating. It’s ridiculous. Z. Mahalik gets crossed checked twice in the back by Rinaldo, gets the back of his head pushed, turns around on his knees and Rinaldo smacks him in the head with the ref 10 feet away and no call.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Puck you all. Rinaldo received 24minutes in penalties from that. Should have been a suspension because it’s what asham did to schenn.

  6. seaner44 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Sounds like Raffi and Sean Payton should start hanging out.

  7. kcredneck - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Inconsistent as usual but quit crying and take your punishment like a man and go home!

  8. broadstbully33 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    im still confused what the difference is between raffi hit and neal hit on coturier….exact same play!

  9. shortsxit - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM


    That’s *exactly* right. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made the same exact comment in message boards, sites, etc. Torres absolutely should appeal based in the Neal hit going unpunished.

    If the world was just (and it isn’t), Neal would received a lengthy suspension to keep things consistent.

  10. shortsxit - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    The difference is the name on the sweater. Neal was leading the Pens in points, so they can’t punish him.

    The worst part is that not only did Neal go unpunished, but he’s even a repeat offender.

    • kitshky - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      I absolutley hate the length of this suspension but the difference is not the name on the back because of how many points they’ve scored this year, the difference is the name on the the back because of past repeat offenses.

      This was not a message to the League, this was a message to Torres.

  11. DTF31 - Apr 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Torres should appeal for the simple fact that 10 of the games of his suspension are tacked on because the league has blown so many other instances of discipline and saw an opportunity to put those games on somewhere else to make it look like they’re doing something.

  12. highonpills - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    good ridance boston and the vancouver chokers did it again, gotta love it. go preds go.

  13. highonpills - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    boston sucks

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Given your username I am not sure you deserve to be commenting. Life that bad in your world buddy?

      If Boston sucks I’d like to see what you say of any of these cities that hasn’t won d*ck in the last 20-40 years. City of Champions brother. Sukkit.

  14. bcisleman - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Given his history and the nature of the hit, it is hard to question a long suspension by itself. My problem is that Shanny is following in Coli’s footsteps in not having a consistent and credible policy.

    It is hard to escape the notion that Torres is being made a scapegoat. I am not a Canuck fan, but Duncan Keith deserved a much longer suspension for the hit on Sedin. Weber should have been suspended for punching Zetterberg. Making an example of a bad boy like Torres is NOT the same thing as having a consistent and credible policy.

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