The axe has fallen on Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres.

Torres was suspended 25 games for launching himself to deliver a late hit that sent Chicago’s Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the Coyotes-Blackhawks series on Tuesday night.

Should the 25 games not be served by the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games of the suspension will carry over into next regular season. Torres will also be prohibited from playing in any preseason games until he has served this 25-game suspension (playoff and regular-season games).


  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Holy shit, the NHL finally grew a pair. 

    Did they ever seriously think that a 1-3 game suspension for a crap player in the middle of the season will change anything?
    Oh no!! a $2500 fine! League minimum contract earns about $10000 per game. *****ing joke. 
  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    Well done. Torres is the kind of player that needs to adjust his game or GTFO of hockey.

    The best part about this:

    If Phoenix goes to game 7 on every series all the way to the SCF, they will play a total of 24 games (including the one game Torres missed already = 25 games). Which means Torres will miss a huge chunk of the regular season unless his team goes the distance.

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    I think this should be more standard. 1st time you send a player to the hospital: 5-10 games. 2nd time: 10-15, 3rd+ times 15-25 games.

    I *****ing hate when a player get's injured and misses half a season and the player that did the injuring gets a game or two.
  4. nordiques100 says:

    the repeat offender thing is the killer. it was a well deserved suspension for a head-hunter

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    One of the worst suspensions I've seen. They could have made an example of a number of other of players and didn't. Torres is a bum but this is absolutely unfair to him. What is this, the longest suspension in history? Ridiculous.

  6. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah your right, who cares if Torres nearly critically injured Hossa on a late hit that he jumped at the last second to make which because of that caused him to hit Hossa in the head which could have broken his neck. Who cares if he threw those hits several times before, who cares that someone was in the hospital.

    Don't suspend him, in fact let him do that to Toews next, break his neck, end his career, it doesn't matter.

    Sorry man but if you believe any of that then you are the ridiculous one. These 4th line goons either need to learn to throw clean checks or be banned from the league for life. I'd rather see prospects like Maclean or Lessio play than these jokes whose only role is to injure.

    I mean without this suspension what is going to stop other 4th liners from taking a two-handed swing to the head of the other teams superstars if it means wearing a Stanley Cup ring?

  7. mtl_prince says:

    They better keep it up, or else they'll be no more stars left

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Just because they failed to discipline players sternly in the past doesn't mean they shouldn't start. Even if it is an over-reaction (which I don't think it is) worst case scenario it makes players think twice before attempting to injure (or committing any infraction that could potentially hurt another player.)

  9. lafleur10 says:

    well said joelleafs,well said and i couldn't agree more

  10. albertateams says:

    There is inconsistencies in the suspensions. Change the name on the back of the jersey to Chara or Weber and the suspension is what 3-5 games, maybe. If the NHL really wants to get these types of dangerous plays out of the game they need to use the same standard regardless of who the player is. 

    That being said I have no problem with a 25 game suspension for a known head hunter / cheap shot artist, I just hope that the league gets a real no tolerance policy, not the current stars need not be fairly suspended / fined policy.
  11. reinjosh says:

    While your point is well made, I still agre with BB. This is far to long, even for a repeat offender. 10 games would have been fair and still sent a big message. 

  12. reinjosh says:

    Nice hyperbole. He wasn't suggesting to give him a free pass, merely that it was too harsh. Yeah Hossa got hurt, that sucks but you can't start suspending players based on the injuries they sustain. That's a massive rabbit hole to go down. 

    Send a message with 25 games? Fine, Torres is a repeat offender and it shows the NHL won't play nice if you do something stupid. But come on, that was hardly one of the worst hits of the year. 
    Torres is hardly a 4th line goon. He's an effective player that contributes to his club winning. Occasionally he steps over the line as he did on that hit. His only role isn't to just injure. Saying that is ignorant.
    Your last line…just moronic. Get your head out of your ass. 
  13. reinjosh says:

    I suppose its a good message to the players. I'm fine with it. Crucify one player to protect others I guess? 

  14. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Three factors that worked against Torres in this suspension.

    1) He is a repeat offender – how many times have you seen him throw the exact same hit? If you get caught speeding so many times eventually you're going to get a harsher penalty then the first time or the second time you get caught speeding.
    2) With all the hoopla around the violence of the first round in all the series going on (outside of the snore fest in New York with the Sens) the league decided to make an example of someone – and this someone deserved a suspension because  there isn't a SANE person who after seeing the hit knew it wasn't a malicious filthy non-hockey play.
    Also – he's not receiving the longest suspension in the history of the NHL. He is facing the 3rd longest, yes friends Chris Simon of the NY Islanders holds the distinction for being suspended for 30 games for stomping on Jarko Ruutu.
    Had this not been the third or fourth time that this cheap punk had pulled this he would have probably gotten 11 games like Tie Domi did back when he elbowed Niedermayer in the head…
  15. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah because players have actually been respecting each other this playoffs thus far. The elbow on Alfredsson that took him out of the series was careless and who only lost 3 games to take out Ottawa's best player? Wasn't Richards was it? Bottom 6 player gets 3 games to eliminate Ottawa's captain is best player.

    While Torres is hardly a 4th line goon, he isn't a 1st line goal scorer which means if Torres got only 3 games then this trade off is great for the Coyotes, hell it still isn't that bad for them. Players try to do these kinds of trade offs all the time in the form of fights or coincidental roughing minors.

    If it was the first time Torres did this then yes 25 games is a massive over-reaction, but the fact is he has injured key players with dirty hits before and he has left hit feet to make contact with the head before, if anyone thinks that he shouldn't have gotten a big suspension because it wasn't the worse hit all year or whatever are the ignorant ones and they are the ones who should get their heads out of their asses.

    This was a bad and dangerous hit from all points of view, and Torres showed no sign of remorse or that he was going to try to play the game more clean. Good suspension.

  16. Steven_Leafs says:

    well put.

  17. Boston_Bruins says:

    In a general respons to everyone here, I am not defending Torres' hit. Reinjosh said what I meant; this is just too harsh, and there have been worse hits just this year.

    To JoelLeafs: I would agree with your first statement if this was Shanahan's first week on the job. He could set his own precedent, but he hasn't done it all year, so how can the players know what to expect? I don't even think this 25 game suspension will deter players from dangerous hits that much when you pair it with other inconsistent rulings from Shanahan. The only way you can really stop these hits is being consistent with rulings, no matter who the player is. We'll see if Shanahan keeps this up, but if not, this massive suspension is just completely unfair to Torres.
  18. thisgamewelose says:

    Actually, it was Hagelin who hit Alfredsson. Hagelin actually plays on the Rangers first line. I could be bias here, but I don't think hagelin deserved 3 games for that hit.  In fact, most people I've talked to have said the exact same thing. 

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