25 Game Suspension For Torres: Too Much?

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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8 comments on “25 Game Suspension For Torres: Too Much?

  1. Dude if you don’t think it was worth 25 games you should be suspended.


  2. 25 games is overkill. If the league wants to make an example of him, that’s fine, but they have yet to make an example of all the other players who dished dirty hits and got away with it. The players can take a risk by landing a brutal hit because they’re right to assume that only 1 out of 10 hits will actually be penalized appropriately. So what’s the best solution for this? Every contract should include a sportsmanship clause that holds the offender accountable for his actions automatically. Each transgression should be penalized with a severe/non-negotiable pay cut + team fee. That way the player is ultimately sabotaging his own career, and tarnishing his prospects to boot. It’s like a “hockey” lobotomy, keep taking things away until there’s no fight left. Perhaps eventually some might learn??


    • Anonymous,
      While I agree that the 25 games might have been too much and that players go for the dangerous hits because the feel they have a good chance of not getting punished for it, I don’t necessarily agree with the “taking a little away until there’s nothing left” bit. Yes it may “help” them learn faster, but how many good players will suffer big injuries until then? Or, how many players will the league lose because they have been discipline to the point where there is “nothing” left for them in the league and leave?

      Thanks for reading.


      • The point is not to bankrupt the players…it’s another way of defending the “defenseless”. Nobody appreciates getting smacked down in an unjustified manner, especially if the consequences are serious for the receiver of the blow. If you retaliate brute force with brute force, you’ll have yourself a vicious circle; there’s no telling when that form of violence will ever end. However, if a system that targets a player’s monetary value is applied, how can he reciprocate if it’s a punishment he’s defenseless against. It may or may not take 2-3 separate occasions for him to learn, but it’s already better than simply suspending the player for a couple of games with a “less-than-mediocre” fine…then he gets back to spreading concussions like genital herpes!! Image Chara, with an 8.5 million dollar contract receiving a 100K salary reduction for every intentional hit that results in serious injury. Then add a team fee, or maybe even an owner fee so that Chara may feel guilty/responsible for innocent parties being chastised for his brute foolishness. Then add a suspension, for good measure, in hopes that he reflects upon his actions. Who’s going to want a player that costs the team money. If he’s not careful he’ll basically end up ruining his own reputation. People will see him as a bad gamble instead of a goon.


        • Would it be possible that with this system, players would completely avoid making big hits for fear that if the outcome is an injury they would get reprimanded even if it was a solid but clean hit?

          I do completely agree with owner fee and team/coach fee and that it could encourage them to play clean. Who wants to be responsible for their boss losing money?

          I hope that they discuss it during the next CBA talks and include those types of fines next year.


          • I’m positive that there will always be hits in hockey. I hardly think that a more severe system of reprimands will convince players to play like pussies. If anything they’d just be a little more conscientious, thenceforth a little less douchy in the way they play. I think that’s what we’re all looking for in hockey; good quality plays, not cheap shots…


          • It’s true, we’re all looking to see good quality, hard hitting hockey without any cheap-shots. I think the real dilemma is can the league, owners, and nhlpa all come to an agreement to achieve this?


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