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Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:54 am

By Brian Stubits

Right now it just seems like Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is testing Brendan Shanahan, seeing how far he can go. He probably has found how far is too far.

On Wednesday night, Torres was caught laying a hit high on Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins (watch it here). It drew the ire of Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid who then laid a pretty good beating on Torres. But Shanahan didn't.

Then came Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche and another questionable hit from Torres. That's when he skates by the crease and chicken-winged the Avs' Jan Hejda with an elbow to the head after Hejda passed the puck up ice. There was no penalty on the play for Torres.

At least from the angle we are given, it seems as clear as crystal that the principle point of contact on this hit was the head of Hejda. Moreover, it was very unnecessary and behind the play. It would have been a very avoidable hit if Torres had decided as much.

I'll be very surprised and honestly a little disappointed if Torres goes unpunished for this hit. It might not have been bad, but it could have been. You should punish the intent not the result. The illustrative point of suspending Torres for this is almost necessary because to me it sure looks like a textbook example of the play they want gone. You just can't throw an elbow to a guy's head any more.

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Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 7:49 am

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

Wow. You have to wonder how Shanahan decides about suspensions. Injury from the play? Flip of a coin?

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:27 pm

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

I recorded this game and watched this hit several times.  Hejda is slipping as he just cleared the puck and if he doesn't slip Raffi hits him in the shoulder with his shoulder.  This was just a accident IMO.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:58 pm

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

He should go back to singing kid's songs with his guitar. Time for the cheap-shots in hockey to stop.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:17 pm

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

That hit by Torres was a punk ass move. It was so late and behind the play that the refs didn't even see it. He should get at least 3 games for it. The Avs really needed the two points so I'm glad they didn't go after him but he better watch out in the future. Sacco was pissed.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:17 pm

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

Missed this one, but it doesn't surprise me.  It's Raffi Torres though, so nothing will happen to him.

"I'm telling you this guy is protected from up on high by the Prince of Darkness."  -- The Usual Suspects

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:33 am

Raffi Torres elbows Jan Hejda in the head

Torres is garbage, he'll get another contract after this one too.

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