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NHL denies Phoenix’s appeal to shorten Torres suspension

Jan 16, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

Given this season will be an abbreviated one — player contracts are prorated, the schedule is condensed, etc. — the Phoenix Coyotes figured they might as well kick the tires on shortening Raffi Torres‘ suspension.

Turns out they weren’t kicking for long.

That was the word on Tuesday night as Dan Tencer of Edmonton’s 630 CHED radio spoke with Phoenix assistant GM Brad Treviling:

Shortly thereafter, the Chicago Tribune reached out to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who confirmed that Torres would sit the full eight remaining games (he’s already served 13 of 21, which was reduced from the original 25) for his hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.

“The terms of the Torres suspension remain the same, as modified by the Commissioner’s decision last summer,” Daly said in an email to the Tribune. “Neither the lockout nor the transition rules (in the new collective bargaining agreement) impacted the terms of the Torres suspension.”

According to the Tribune report, Torres will be allowed to practice with the Coyotes but unable to play until Phoenix hosts Dallas on Feb. 2.

Five days later — Feb. 7 — Hossa and the ‘Hawks will travel to Glendale to take on the ‘Yotes.

  1. thailer35 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I can’t wait for Feb 7! I’m already going to the Coyotes home opener against the ‘Hawks, and I’m really hoping this turns into a heated rivalry.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Good. He’s a trash player. The fact it was already shortened, given the guy’s history of making that same exact kind of hit, is a joke in itself.

    • thailer35 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      The fact that Shanahan ever handed out a 25 game suspension is a joke in itself.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        You’re absolutely right. Should’ve been 50.

  3. vbcaps - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    It was a dirty hit to a marquee player…suspension should stand. I bet someone on the Hawks is already willing to drop the gloves against Raffi when he comes back

    • cweez2 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      My money is on Bollig throwing down.

      • prd797 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        But will Torres respond? My guess is no. He turtled when Bollig went after him immediately after the hit, he will likely do so again no matter who comes after him. If Bollig comes within 50 feet of Torres, Torres will cower and refuse to fight.

        Absolutely ridiculous that this sack of poop was a first round pick. .

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    It is very important that all leagues, pros or minors protect the athletes from head shots. Concussions can have a devastating and lasting effect for those who suffer from them. See Junior Seau. “A team of scientists who analyzed the brain tissue of renowned NFL linebacker Junior Seau after his suicide last year have concluded the football player suffered a debilitating brain disease likely caused by two decades worth of hits to the head.”

  5. txhockeydad - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Until a player is banned from the NHL for a head-shot, we will continue to have these discussions. Make an example out of one POS, and the rest of the turds will fall in line.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      This isn’t a common problem though. It’s a select few players who have no respect for each other.

  6. astro - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    It should have been full 82 for Torres. They have to start treating those things seriously at last

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I’m prepared for a barrage of downward-facing thumbs: but I still think this suspension was excessive, and that Shanahan’s deciding factor(s) for these suspensions are how bad a hit looked (the same hit without the injury wouldn’t receive any disciplinary review) and who the injured player was. Some role-player or borderline NHL guy taking the brunt of that would’ve been a couple games, max. Also, I take way more issue with the number of strides Torres took than I do with the fact that he left his feet really, really, really late into the hit. Maybe I should watch it again.

  8. jimw81 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Shanaban still effective.

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