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Report: Raffi Torres’ appeal to be heard Thursday

May 15, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres has been sitting quietly in the press box since delivering his brutal shot to Marian Hossa in the first round, but there’s a very outside chance his days of waiting may come to an end soon.

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Torres’ appeal of his 25-game suspension will be heard on Thursday. The catch with an appeal, however, is he won’t be sitting down with Brendan Shanahan to discuss it but with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman instead. The chances of seeing Bettman go against his guy Shanahan and reduce Torres’ suspension would appear to be minimal.

Torres’ suspension for his late, head-targeting hit is one of the longest in NHL history and one that was deemed to have three separate penalties occur on the same play. No penalty was called during the game.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    “You’re right, Raffi, we did hand down the wrong suspension. 50 games. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.”

    • sabatimus - May 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Or, “You’re right, Raffi, 50 games for you, but not for Ovi because he’s a star and gets star treatment” *Bettman slips Shanahan stack of benjamins under table*.

      • therealjr - May 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Bitter little person.

  2. pone27 - May 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Don’t come to Chicago Raffi……

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