(@NHL) April 21, 2012
When I originally saw the hit on Marian Hossa I knew right away that there would be some supplementary discipline.
I assumed that one of two things would happen; a) the NHL would drop the ball and not suspend him but give him a $2500 fine or b) they would pull up their pants and Shanaban him.
I felt that the latter would most likely be the outcome but that it would only be for 3-5 games. I never expected it to be 25 games.
25 games that carry onto next season if Phoenix doesn’t play enough playoff games to complete the suspension. On top of that, Torres cannot participate in any preseason games next season.
Brendan Shanahan claims in his explanatory video that the NHL’s department of player safety took into consideration the extent of the injury suffered by Hossa.
It makes me wonder where was that logic when Pacioretty was nearly killed by Zdeno Chara. Wasn’t Max’s injury worse than that of Hossa?
I don’t think the NHL is consistent with the suspensions that they dole out and even less so in the playoffs.
How is it that Nashville defenseman Shea Weber got away with only a $2,500 fine after literally grabbing Henrik Zetterberg’s head and smashing it into the glass, breaking Zetterberg’s helmet in half in the process?
Why isn’t Malkin getting suspended for his headshot on Grossman or this hit on Couturier?:
Is it because Weber and Malkin are bigger stars than Torres? It would seem so.
I agree it was a suspendable play. But not for 25 games when there are so many other hits these playoffs, some of them worse, that go unsanctioned.
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