May 17, 2013, 8:02 PM EST
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.
Mar 7, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
Plus five NHL games to watch this weekend.
Mar 7, 2014, 2:49 PM EST
News and notes from around the blue paint…
Mar 7, 2014, 2:35 PM EST
Failed to “turn on the charm,” apparently.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:24 PM EST
More praise for them on Thursday after previously calling them the best team in the NHL.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:58 PM EST
“I thought he was real good.”
Mar 7, 2014, 12:50 PM EST
Hosting the Isles at the Saddledome.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:07 PM EST
Click to see which teams could be most impacted.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:47 AM EST
In related news, Philly leads the NHL in penalty minutes.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:33 AM EST
But Jeff Vinik couldn’t sway him.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
It’s not looking good in DC.
Mar 7, 2014, 11:17 AM EST
Matt Moulson set to make his Minnesota debut.
Mar 7, 2014, 9:45 AM EST
It’s been a rough few days for Mike Gillis.
Mar 7, 2014, 9:07 AM EST
The Capitals have waited a long time for him.
Mar 7, 2014, 8:15 AM EST
That and the rest of the links to start your day.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:34 AM EST
Ugly start for Vancouver vs. Dallas.
Mar 7, 2014, 1:23 AM EST
Worth staying up late for East Coast hockey fans.
Mar 7, 2014, 12:41 AM EST
He did it with style, too.
Mar 6, 2014, 11:32 PM EST
They might want to stay off of Twitter.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:50 PM EST
He should provide commentary to as many Vancouver games as possible.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:38 PM EST
Jhonas Enroth is making the most of his opportunity, to say the least.
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