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Report: NHLPA feels Torres hearing, suspension “violated the very basic requirements of a fair process.”

May 4, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

Raffi Torres, Marian Hossa Getty Images

Eric Macramalla, who is a lawyer and TSN Radio sports legal analyst, reportedly obtained a copy of the NHLPA’s request to appeal the 25-game suspension given to Raffi Torres.

As we previously reported, Torres’ issue is with the length of his suspension, rather than the fact that he was punished in the first place.

According to Marcamalla’s report, Torres believes the 25-game suspension is “excessive and arbitrary” and also points out that it’s “more than double the length of any ever issued by Brendan Shanahan and is one of the longest suspensions in the history of the NHL.”

The NHLPA wants to see supplementary discipline dished out in a “consistent manner.” They also state that the hearing and subsequent Torres’ suspension “violated the very basic requirements of a fair process.”

The notion that the suspension was inconsistent with previous rulings seems like the appropriate card to play if you’re the NHLPA. However, it’s worth noting that Shanahan appeared to be factoring in Torres long suspension history when determining his ruling. Marian Hossa, who was the victim of Torres’ hit, echoed that belief.

“I believe he wouldn’t have gotten 25 games if he didn’t have the history of what’s he done before,” Hossa said. “He didn’t get the 25 games because of the hit on me.”

  1. eggserino - May 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    That’s rich.

    The NHLPA is going to back the guy with a record a mile long of dangerous hits and head shots even after the league has said that they are cracking down on hits to the head. Raffi Torres has stated in the past, on plays for which he was suspended, that he would not change his game and that he thought that the hit was a clean hit. Rather than recognizing that Torres is the extreme example of a player with multiple suspensions for similar actions, the NHLPA is going to back this guy.

    Here’s an alternative: Since the NHLPA’s primary function is to advocate for the economic viability of it’s players, why not back the guy who makes THREE TIMES AS MUCH who is stuck at home, not knowing if his concussion symptoms are going to get better anytime before next year’s playoffs?! Guys with big salaries help guys with smaller salaries earn more. It’s how it works.

    Guys like Torres are leeches. They suck the talent out of the sport and turn it into a game that isn’t about skill, but about career-threatening brutality.

    How many times has Matt Cooke been suspended? Four times. Look at how he changed his game this year. Torres was suspended five times prior to this incident and has done nothing to change his game.

    Time for Torres to change his game or find another career.

    • eggserino - May 4, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Is the NHLPA’s backing of Torres just another opportunity to dispute with the league going into this summer’s CBA battle?

  2. tru2joelu4eva - May 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    torres should lose the PRIVILEGE of playing in the national hockey league.

    • joshuakorr - May 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Doesn’t the player’s association have more of an interest in preventing concussions than in preventing suspensions for players who deliver dangerous checks that take star players out of a playoff series and end their season? Especially when the offending player has such a long history of bad checks.

  3. polegojim - May 4, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Funny Raffi… same way many players feel about the way YOU play.

  4. howardforvezina - May 4, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Boo hoo He has done this many times(dirty plays), he deserves the punishment.

  5. comeonnowguys - May 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    So the NHLPA would rather protect the thugs than the skill players?

    Yep, good luck staying the 4th most popular team sport in the U.S.

  6. mb65dod - May 5, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    He probably must to kill someone to justify suspension….

  7. slumdog66 - May 5, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Talk all you want, the coyotes are 1 game away from reaching the western conference finals. Taste it losers.

    • howiehandles - May 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Pretty soon you’ll go back to not watching the team, just like the rest of the Coyote fans who continue to show what front runners they are.

      Two months ago you probably though Raffi Torres was an illegal.

    • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Talk all you want, your team is leaving because you just now figured out you have a hockey team.

  8. tommytd - May 5, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Talk to Hossa and other players in the league about fair his “process” is. I would like to see the NHL bounce his ass from the league and start cleaning up the sport.

  9. jpat2424 - May 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Slumdog your an idiot. It’s not about the yotes reaching conf. finals ( good for them) it’s about a repeat offender taking out another skill guy and the NHLPA defending this A hole. Get a clue.

  10. tackledummy1505 - May 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Torres should’ve got 4-5 games that’s it. Just because he hurt Hossa. I’ve seen plenty of hits in this playoffs where people left their feet. Fact is if Raffi Torres was say Evengi Malkin, Shea, Crosby, or any of NHL favorite, he probably would’ve gotten a slap on the wrist. Chicago fans get over it, your team got ousted from the playoffs, live with it. The NHL has been severely bias to certain players and Torres’ hit wasn’t that bad. He just caught Hossa off guard. I will say this though, the NHL has to get their act together when it comes to discipline because right now they look retarded. Only basketball is worse.

    • howiehandles - May 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Off guard? It was a cheap shot.

      The guy has a history of it, case closed.

      Your fans are a bunch of front runners. How many years in a row do they appear at, or very near, the bottom in attendance?

      Soon you can go back to watch the Housewives of ….

  11. bingram20 - May 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    The suspension was well deserved repeat offender, left his feet ,elbow to the head exactly what the league wants to get rid of. That being said I think the czar of discipline should not be a former player. A former player could have many prejudices against certain teams or players that could cloud his judgement.

    Slumdog that was a stupid thing to say no one in here said anything bad about the Coyotes they are a good team playing hard no one is taking anything away from them. They are talking about one stupid play.

    Hey tackledummy its not just Blackhawks fans who think this suspension is fair.

  12. cliverush - May 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Shanahan has explained his ruling in a straight forward manner. You launch, you lose. You launch at a players head, with your elbow, you lose more. You do it repeatedly, see ya. Get used to it or go play in a lower league.

    • ewp1 - May 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      It couldn’t have been all that straight-forward. You along with bingram seem confused about elbowing being involved (which Shanahan never mentions). It was an illegal shoulder check because it was interference. I’m not so sure about charging, one of Torres’ skates was on the ground when the contact occurred, and I don’t think the head was targeted. Keith’s hit was much worse with regard to head targeting. I’d say two games for the interference itself and ten for Torres’ past history and the severity of the injury. Twenty-five seems excessive given past NHL punishments.

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