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Stoll: Torres hit was a ‘hockey play’

May 27, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Torres hit

Jarret Stoll harbors no ill will towards Raffi Torres, or the hit that put him on the shelf.

Stoll, the Kings center that’s been out of action Game 1 of the L.A.-San Jose series, says the Torres hit was a “hockey play” — interesting, given that Torres was suspended for the remainder of the series because of it.

“It was a hockey play and a hit that did what it did,” Stoll told the LA Times on Sunday. “It’s over now.

“It’s a game. You play the game, there’s hitting and physical play involved. You take that chance.”

Stoll — who, it should be mentioned, is good friends with Torres and was in Torres’ wedding party — said it took a week to get rid of the headaches that plagued him after the hit, and noted that his former Oilers teammate reached out to him following the incident.

(He did not get into what was said, though.)

Stoll skated for the first time since the injury on Friday, and has done so since without setback.

“It’s fine. Obviously, I’m skating so there’s no setbacks,” he said. “I’m taking it slow. I’ve done this before, earlier on in my career, so I know how it feels and what’s right and what’s not, if I’m off or back to normal or not.

“So just day by day.”

Stoll’s comments will likely draw a lot of response, given not only the severity of Torres’ suspension but the equally severe punishment handed to Sharks GM Doug Wilson for challenging the ruling.

The Sharks were fined $100,000 by the league after Wilson called the Torres suspension “grossly unfair,” adding that the organization “strongly disagreed” with the decision.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Glad he is feeling better and skating. Still dislike the length of the suspension.

  2. bcisleman - May 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Wilson was right & Stoll is right. Torres was given a major, a game and a suspension for being Torres. If Brown had made the same hit, I doubt there would even have been a penalty. Glad Stoll is feeling better.

  3. thailer35 - May 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Proof that the Shanaban is an assclown.

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      as are you

  4. waterhistoryguy - May 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    The suspension was right and Torres is dirty. Even though I’m a Kings fan, I’ll admit that Brown can be dirty too. But seriously, what do you expect Stoll to say? The guy’s all class and Torres is his bud. By saying it was no big deal, he’s not only loyal to his friend, but comes across not sounding like a wuss.

    The only people who will make a big deal out of Stoll’s comments are the conspiracy theorists/Sharks fans. By the way, do you think you Bay Area fans could come up with something a little more creative to chant than “Beat L.A.”? Been hearing that for at least twenty years and it’s b-o-r-i-n-g! Come on…even if I can’t stand your teams, it would be tolerable if you came up with something fun/dirty/creative to chant.

    • sjawesome - May 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Yes and “go kings go” is so original

      • dannymac17 - May 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        But nobody chants BEAT SJ or any variation of it

        LA is literally the only place where their opponents have a chant against them, albeit easy, still a chant nonetheless.

      • blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        sjawesome = flotsam

      • escharks - May 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        lived in LA for 20 years… so know from experience (to sjawesome) EXACTLY! “calling the kettle black”

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Well said friend …

      the bottom line is that Stoll ought to be applauded for saying the right thing, despite his coming out on the short end of this particular encounter … after all, that’s what a ‘real’ man always does when faced with adversity in life (ie: to never stray from the course of right, despite that which life presents) … same thing goes for coach Sutter in his post-game press interview yesterday … no vitriol or anger … just charm and magnanimity which was commendable given the situation …

      Achtung fellow Kings fans: while I’ll always be “gung ho” and stuff for our team, there’s no denying of the fact that we sure have one helluva ‘good fight’ on our hands here, eh ? … so while I’m very nervous right now, I still think we’ll do it tomorrow night, God willing …

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    • sharkiesgirl - May 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      We will when you will. “Insert team name here” sucks! isn’t my idea of fun/dirty/creative either.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Oh please as if cartman chanting go kings go is any better? What should teams say? Its northern California against southern California. Of course we say beat la.

  6. thailer35 - May 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Beat LA is actually my favorite chant ever. I love when ANY LA team loses to ANYONE! I’d chant that at a LA sparks/ Phoenix mercury game.

    • dannymac17 - May 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      It must suck to be from a town of losers.

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      u r vermin …

  7. atteckus - May 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    My hat is off to Stoll for being honest. This is just more proof that Shanahan, with his “results oriented” discipline regimen, in contravention of the written rules, is proving to be just as much of an assclown as his predecessor was. The handing out of supplementary discipline is all about politics with the NHL. If you are a disfavored team or player, you get the suspension, whether deserving or not. If you are a favored team or a superstar, you get to skate free, regardless of the thug-like maneuver you may have employed. This regimen renders the rules and the concept of fairness meaningless. This has to change. Perhaps we need a discipline Czar who is not on the NHL payroll and subject to their control. A former criminal court judge, who gets a fee derived solely from the pool of fines paid, and could care less whether the infraction is against a Canadien or a Bruin, against a role player or a Crosby. Then, the rules would be actually applied, fairly and evenly.

  8. jerrbear100 - May 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Stoll is a gentleman and obviously a good friend of Torres. At the end of this series tonight, this issue with the Torres suspension will be moot. In light of that, the only real issue left is, BEAT LA. Yeah it’s old, cliche and annoying. To LA teams. Perfect.

  9. puckhead99 - May 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Long time Kings fan… Yes, the Beat L.A. chant is totally annoying, and GKG isn’t that much better but the Sharks Chomp, now new and improved with official Chomp Cards that are supposed to resemble shark teeth, has got to be the g*yest gesture in all of Sports!! What a joke! Even more annoying than the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Chop!!! I bust up laughing every time I see it. Keep on Chomping Sharks fans, you look ridiculous!!! LOL!!! And, GO KINGS GO!!!

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