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Don Cherry disagrees with Torres suspension

May 17, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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Don Cherry has voiced his opinion, this time on the Raffi Torres suspension.

Torres, the San Jose Sharks’ imposing forward, was suspended for the remainder of the Western Conference semifinal against the L.A. Kings, following his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of that best-of-seven series.

Torres, who has a rap sheet of incidents and supplemental discipline throughout his NHL career, has chosen not to appeal the suspension.

“I like Stoll [but] I don’t think he [Torres] should have got [as severe a suspension],” Cherry said in his Coach’s Corner segment during the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators Game 2 on Friday.

“If it hadn’t have been Raffi Torres, it would have been maybe a game.

“Twenty years ago, you would’ve got a medal for doing something like this.”

  1. JoeAvg - May 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    How does one wake up in the morning knowing that you’re Don Cherry. I know I couldn’t do it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      His clown act has him laughing all the way to the bank.
      Hey DC, how’s yer buddy Ford doin’ today, eh? Gonna put together a crack team of investigators to get to the bottom of his latest problem?

  2. 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    “If it hadn’t have been Raffi Torres, it would have been maybe a game.”

    Probably, yeah. That seems remarkably sane for Don Ch-

    “Twenty years ago, you would’ve got a medal for doing something like this.”

    Aaaaand right back to the crazy. Phew. Was getting worried for a second.

    • ray2013 - May 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      I’m old enough to remember hockey twenty years ago. Cherry is a clown, but he’s not wrong about how hockey opinions have changed.

      Cherry must have made millions off his “Rock’em/Sock’em Hockey” series. If you’re not familiar, all it was video clips of the prettiest goals, the best saves, the nastiest fights, and the biggest hits in a season. The more likely a player was knocked out by a hit, the more featured it was. It’s only been in the past few years where concerns over concussions have made that type of hit frowned upon.

      That being said, times have changed, so the suspension was decent. It was a hit to the head, Torres is a repeat offender, and Shanny has been talking ad nauseam about how repeat offenders can expect a tougher sentence than someone who is having their first infraction. Fans like me have been asking for consistency and clear rulings. This was pretty clear. Thumbs up, Shanny.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        I’m no Cherry fan (not even a little) but the only thing he’s wrong about is when he says 20 years ago, it was less than 15, just look back to the way Scott Stevens hammered Eric Lindros (I want to say it was 2001 or 2002) and how everyone said it was okay because it was the playoffs.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - May 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Found it 1999-2000, this is about as vicious as you get and if I recall correctly Stevens was not suspended and it was looked at as a play “he had to make”

      • ray2013 - May 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        It makes me wonder what type of career Scott Stevens would have now. Vicious hits are not celebrated like they were when he was a player. I’m sure he’d still have been a great player, but one of his strengths was the hard-hitting.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - May 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    For once I agree with Cherry. He’s a Canadian clown but the man loves old time hockey and I respect that

  4. sjsharks66 - May 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I hate Cherry. This time he is right though. Not about the medal.

    I wonder how Kings fans feel that people are disagreeing with a suspension…having to do with TORRES. I know i can hardly believe it myself. He has changed his game just like Matt Cooke has.

    • badintent - May 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Ahhhhhhhhh no. I remember him on my Vancouver Hockey riot Canucks. Same old Torres. I do think he was the last guy to get a major for the Girls, then when he departed, the Canucks went back to being the Canadian Creampuffs.Or is it Twinkies ? No , Twinkies locked out the workers. done.

  5. govtminion - May 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    If there was any question about whether or not the suspension was a good call or not, the fact that Cherry hates it means that it probably is the right call.

  6. norcalirish - May 18, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Continued pussification.

  7. mancave001 - May 18, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Whether we like it or not, we all are going to have to accept that certain types of hits are not going to be permitted in pro sports any more. The momentum is strong and only getting stronger for reducing or eliminating targeting the head in both the NHL and NFL. With what we’re learning about concussions and other brain trauma coupled with the legal piece…what do people expect?

    So yes…he’s right that 20 years ago he might have gotten a medal. He’s right that if it was anyone else, the suspension wouldn’t have been so severe. But Otis’s not 20 years ago, is it? And this is a guy with a long rap sheet. Expecting anything else is completely deluded. It reminds me of my teaching colleagues who complain about lack of control and lack of respect. “It was never like this before” some say. Well guess what? It’s like this now. You either deal with it and adapt, or you don’t.

  8. csilojohnson - May 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    It was a longer suspension because it was worse then the Gryba hit.
    How could he not suspend Torres after the sham in the first round?

  9. cliverush - May 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Don and his dog Blue are remembered fondly in Boston, along with the “too many men on the ice” not so much. He does speak the truth about the game of old, no helmets, hit everything that moves, fighting, brawls etc. The game is international now and the Euros would never play here under those old ways nor would many of today’s kids.

  10. bleedingteal4life - May 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I can’t help but feel that the nhl favors the kings. With all the bs penalties they draw and how Torres was treated, it’s hard to think otherwise. Honestly, 2 minutes left in the game and the kings are losing, hmm what to do. Oh I know, bs calls to make it 5 on 3, that ought to even the score.

    • 22lakings22 - May 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      You’re right. The NHL forced Stuart to trip Toffoli and the NHL forced Pickles to shoot the puck at the odd angle that he did. Your comments sound like the Canucks fans’ during the first round…you’ve officially sunk as low as whiny Canucks fans. God forbid that the Sharks actually killed those penalties or that Niemi didn’t allow that fat rebound. Torres is no saint, but Sharks fans are now making him out to be.

  11. ironman721 - May 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Don Cherry disagrees with the suspension of his clothes by the fashion police.

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