Thought We Could Help Out the Player Safety Czar

18 Apr

Below is our suggestions for the NHL regarding the Raffi Torres hit from last night – BTW it was described by me as pure thuggery – regardless after some time thinking we have composed our thoughts in the format used by the league;

Option A

I am Brendan Shanahan of the National Hockey Leagues’ Player Safety.  Tuesday night in Chicago there was an incident that involved Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks.  This particular incident was not penalized at the time but after reviewing the film and interviews we have determined further discipline is warranted.

In the 1st period Raffi Torres hit Hossa in the open ice, but as you can CLEARLY see the puck was not in the vicinity of either player nor was it just immediately played by Hossa.  As Torres delivered the contact he left the ice and his principal point of contact was with his shoulder to the head of Hossa.

This is a clear violation of SO MANY rules; Rule 48 with states […] and Charging which states […] being the main concern.  Also very disturbing is the blatant lack of respect of a fellow player on the ice.

We understand this is playoff hockey but clear and heinous disregard of the rules and player safety has no place in this game, PERIOD.

Torres is a repeat offender and has logged previous suspensions for very similar actions.

To recap: Torres was dumb and stupid, a repeat offender and his hit resulted in significant injury to Marian Hossa.

Because of this Raffi Torres has been suspended for the next 10 games and fined the maximum allowed under the current CBA.

See that is not that hard…  But here is another suggestion;

Option B

I am Brendan Shanahan of the National Hockey Leagues’ Player Safety.  Tuesday night in Chicago there was an incident that involved Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes and Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks .  This particular incident was not penalized at the time but after reviewing the film and interviews we have determined further discipline is warranted.

In the 1st period Raffi Torres hit Hossa in the open ice, but as you can see the puck was not in the vicinity of either player nor was it just immediately played by Hossa.  As Torres delivered the contact he left the ice and his principal point of contact was with his shoulder to the head of Hossa.

This is a clear violation of  rules; Rule 48 with states […] and Charging which states […] being the main concern. 

Torres is a repeat offender and has logged previous suspensions for very similar actions.

We understand this is playoff hockey because of this, we have determined the following justice.

To recap: This is a playoff hockey game, with a non-penalized hit in open ice, we could really care less about consistency or general player safety; although the sight of the stretcher was a bit nerve-racking.  We continue to say one thing and do another, especially because this is the playoffs, eh.

Because of all this information and after calling the general managers involved as well as the Commissioner we are only going to fine Torres $10 and subject him to double-secret probation, IT IS PLAYOFF HOCKEY, duh!

I am surely hoping that Shanahan chooses at the least Option A, but Option B would be expected at this point…

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4 Responses to “Thought We Could Help Out the Player Safety Czar”

  1. BryanATC April 18, 2012 at 10:19 #

    I wonder if Hossa will even miss any games. Goaltender Mike Smith played in that game last night after this hit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYUak3bSoAM) on Sunday.

    I love the quote from the Coyotes coach on Monday about Smith not practicing “Whether it’s an injury day or rest day, our prerogative is we don’t have to tell everybody why a player practices or not practices,” Tippett said. “Why would we do that?”

    I said before, the only thing that will change the way the NHL actually handles concussions and not simply lip service will be lawsuits.

    There have been several hits to the head in the playoffs where players either remained on the ice, staggered off or even carted off yet I’m not sure one of them has missed the following game. Staggering recovery rate they have there in the NHL.

  2. Michael Hopper April 21, 2012 at 13:32 #

    Torres suspended 25 games. The referees should also see some sort of suspension for missing an obvious call. They may miss calls and that’s one thing, but to miss a hit that warrants that big of a suspension is awful.

  3. A Concerned Mom April 21, 2012 at 22:22 #

    http://www.momsteam.com/blog/hal-tearse/nhl-commissioner-pleased-with-increased-hitting-in-playoffs

    “NHL Commisssioner, Gary Betman, was reported today to say how pleased he is that during the play offs the average number of hits in a play off game has risen to 68 from 45 during a regular season game.”

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