Raffi Torres left his feet and knocked Chicago’s Marian Hossa into Kingdom Come, and the hit is all abuzz in the hockey world. Will Torres get ten games, they ask? Five maybe? Twelve?
Yes it was brutal. Hossa was taken off on a stretcher and we hope he’s okay.
At the risk of looking like an asshole by bringing up ancient history, Max Pacioretty was taken off on a stretcher too. And Zdeno Charo was given how many games? None? Which possibly opened the gates for hits like Torres’.
(A a sidenote and lingering legacy of this sickening incident, Canucks fans at the Habs game I was at in Vancouver awhile back kept calling out, “Hey Pacioretty, where’s Chara?)”
You bet Torres should get suspended. Enough is enough with these head shots. And if he gets ten games, Chara should have gotten as much too. At least that. And it seems the head shots picked up steam drastically after the Pacioretty hit. Players saw it was possible to get away with it, like Chara had.
Nicely handled, NHL suits. Maybe it’s time to finally accept a big chunk of the blame for what’s happened in this beautiful sport.