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Torres vows to change his ways

Sep 7, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres

If the first step is admitting you have a problem, then Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is on his way to becoming a more honest hockey player.

Torres was handed a monster 25-game suspension (later reduced to 21 games) for his late hit on Chicago forward Marian Hossa during the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

As a result, he’s aiming to make some changes.

“I’ve gone back and watched a lot of video of the way I need to play,” Torres told the Arizona Republic.

“At the end of the day, the hit was a little late and it was a little high…I’ll just focus on my timing, being a little more smarter, and instead of launching myself just remember to keep my feet on the ice and kind of go through guys.”

Torres originally defended himself, saying he “felt like it was a hockey play” and that he was just trying to finish his hit.

  1. rarelyshaves - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    pretty sure the only change fans want to see is from Torres jersey to a ‘Billy’s septic repair’ uniform

  2. bcsteele - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I can’t stand the Blackhawks so when I say this keep that in mind…

    “At the end of the day, the hit was a little late and it was a little high…I’ll just focus on my timing, being a little more smarter, and instead of launching myself just remember to keep my feet on the ice and kind of go through guys.”

    …That hit was not a “little” high or late…it was very high and late…and I don’t even like Hossa. Mostly because I wanted him on my team and I know that’s not a good reason. But that hit was nasty and I thought even though the punishment was harsh it was warranted. Torres jumped into him.

  3. noisetheorem - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He may also want to learn to talk ‘more smarter’ too..

  4. jason9696 - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    I doubt he’ll change his ways. It’s the only way he’s effective on the ice.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Same could of been said about Matt Cooke but he changed his style and scored a career high 19 goals last year and was very effective on the penalty kill.

  5. chiefblckbear - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    So on his first suspension what then. Will he say he tried to change.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Well Matt Cooke did and he was worse than Torres. Hopefully he does. Would be a waste for him not to change.

  7. ltcpain75 - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Baloney. as soon as Torres gets an opportunity to put someone in a coma he will take it. Illegal hit or not.

  8. rainyday56 - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Back in the days of the 6 team league, players like Torres and Cooke lurked in the old AHL and were the reason NHL players were terrified to be sent to the minors. It kind of kept the skilled NHL players in line and made the jobs of those miserable fedora wearing dead beats they called coaches back in the day – easy.

  9. wisbadgers - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Now, all we need is for Duncan Keith to apologize for his vicious hit on Sedin which almost ended his season.
    Make it right Duncan so everyone doesn’t continue to think you’re a dirty player who doesn’t give a sh**!!!!

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