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Torres won’t appeal suspension, Sharks call punishment ‘grossly unfair’

May 17, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT


San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres won’t appeal the suspension banning him from the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals.

Torres’ decision was addressed through a terse statement by Sharks GM Doug Wilson:

We are proud of the work Raffi has put in to successfully adjust his game. Although it’s unfortunate that Jarret was injured on the play, we feel this decision is grossly unfair to the Raffi, his teammates and our fans.

However, Raffi does not want to be a distraction to his teammates and has decided not to appeal this suspension and we respect that decision.

Wilson added the organization “strongly disagreed” with the suspension decision.

The full statement is definitely worth reading, as Wilson provides a lengthy explanation as to why the club feels Torres should’ve escaped supplemental discipline, saying “it is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit.”

Torres, 31, was suspended a minimum of three and maximum of six games for his hit on Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll during Game 1 of the Sharks-Kings series.

Under terms of the CBA, players are able to appeal suspensions to commissioner Gary Bettman.

Suspensions of six games in length or more are to be handled by an independent arbitrator, as explained here by the Globe and Mail:

Procedurally under the new CBA, a player’s appeal first goes to the commissioner. Contrary to what has been widely reported, there is no a games limit on appeals to the commissioner.

Players have 48 hours to make that appeal in writing.

According to the CBA, the commissioner must “endeavor to hear all appeals on an expedited basis.” If the commissioner’s ruling is for six or more games, the player then has seven days to file an appeal with the neutral discipline arbitrator “who shall have full remedial authority in respect of the matter.”

Currently, as the two sides continue to hammer out the language of the new CBA, there is no neutral discipline arbitrator in place.

Last playoffs, Torres was suspended for 25 games for hitting Chicago’s Marian Hossa. He successfully appealed that decision and had his sentence reduced to 21 games.

  1. imleftcoast - May 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    The Sharks only have two games left so it’s a three-game suspension.

  2. lordstanley65 - May 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Dirty, dirty man! Another career ending headhunter. He and Cook should compare notes.

  3. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    ^ you wish, Sharks in 7

  4. clutchfan - May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Sharks should stop whining about officiating and league rulings, it won’t help them…

    • gsprulz - May 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      If all the hockey fans were callous zombies I guess we wouldn’t complain about the officiating. Yes it was terrible last night but, I faith they won’t miss the call that will decide this series and hopefully sharks advance next series with Torres.

      • hawkeedawg - May 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        You mean the call that won you the first round right? Ever heard of karma, Sharkies drown in this series

      • clutchfan - May 18, 2013 at 6:04 AM

        True about the Karma comment, and Sharks were diving a lot in the first round. Regarding the whining, nobody said anything about Shark fans (it is a given Sharks fans are going to whine), the Sharks GM/coach/players won’t gain anything by whining about league rulings and officiating even if they think it is bad. This is especially true regarding Torres, you get a player like that, you have to live with the baggage.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      There not, lol

  5. gsprulz - May 17, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    canucks didn’t beat the sharks once this season, not in regular season or playoffs. We owned you guys. If you show no respect to our team, you show no respect for your teams effort.

  6. manchestermiracle - May 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    The whining has now reached the GM. What’s next, a worthless “statement” from the owner? The only thing “abundantly clear” here is that everyone associated with the Sharks are blind. They are the only ones claiming that hit was legal.

    • sabatimus - May 19, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      The hit was legal.

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