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Raffi Torres fined for elbow on Jan Hejda

Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:03 pm
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By: Adam Gretz

One of the most common complaints about NHL discipline, whether it was under Colin Campbell in previous years or the current leadership of Brendan Shanahan, is the sometimes overwhelming lack of consistency from one incident to another. If you're going to call it one way for one play, make it the same way across the board.

It rarely, if ever, seems to work out that way.

The NHL's disciplinary committee was busy on Saturday announcing a couple of fines, and along with the surprising non-suspensions of Tomas Kopecky and Mike Rupp following Friday's Rangers-Panthers game, the NHL also announced that Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has also avoided the Shanaban for his blindside elbow to the head of Colorado's Jan Hejda earlier in the week (Here's the play, in case you missed it the first time around).

Instead of missing any games, Torres was simply given the maximum fine of $2,500.

Message: not sent.
Hejda is expected to be in the lineup for the Avalanche on Saturday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.

There was also no penalty called on the play, and it recieved little attention in the aftermath. It almost seems that unless a player is seriously injured (or injured at all) and it's a play that's shown on highlight reels across the league the NHL has no interest in handing out a stiff punishment.

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Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Raffi Torres fined for elbow on Jan Hejda

Are you serious? He swerved left drove his elbow into his head and almost spun it around backwards! I guess you don't care how many careers are lost to concussions.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Raffi Torres fined for elbow on Jan Hejda

I recorded this game and watched this hit several times and you can see Hejda slipping as he is clearing the puck.  If Hejda doesn't slip this is a non story and Raffi hits him shoulder to shoulder.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Raffi Torres fined for elbow on Jan Hejda

It's very simple: the NHL likes to pay lip service to abolishing dangerous hits, but they refuse to define a concrete policy that is applied to all players.  The wiggle room allowed by the incredible number of factors that Colin Campbell and now Brendan Shanahan take into consideration, including (1) If there was a penalty called, (2) history of the offender, (3) if the offender appeared to be making a legitimate play for the puck, (4) whether the hit was in retaliation, (5) was it a marquee player hurt, (6) was it a marquee player making the hit, (7) did the play result in an injury, or any one of number of factors that the NHL front office handling down supplemental discipline.

If the NHL really wanted to cut down on dangerous hits, they would define it up front, and enforce it evenly and continuously.  Case close.  Anything else is favoratism and trickery-foolerly.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Raffi Torres fined for elbow on Jan Hejda

this is where i call "Bullsh!t" on Shanahan and the half-as$ed attempts at discipline from the league.  everyone in the NHL and the NFL are on this "consussion war-path", but an elbow to the head goes without penalty on or off the ice.  forget it, then.  just play hockey (or football) and the let chips fall where they may.  Crosby should've been fined for his elbow throwing earlier this year.  favortism? i'd say so (and i'm a BIG Pens fan).  the lack of constistency just turns EVERYONE off to this issue.  either come up with a way to standardize and absolutely define an infraction or just leave it alone already.  Shanahan is becoming just as big of a joke as Roger Goodell already is.


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