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Sharks GM: Raffi Torres suspended for 'clean hit'

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08:15 AM ET 05.18 | On Friday, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson revealed his thoughts about the league-mandated suspension to veteran forward Raffi Torres. Torres was banned for the remainder of the Sharks' second-round series against Los Angeles for an illegal hit to the head of forward Jarret Stoll during the second period of the Kings' 2-0 Game 1 win on Tuesday. "The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL in its efforts to remove illegal and dangerous hits from the game but we strongly disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend Raffi Torres," Wilson said in a statement. "Upon review of the incident, it is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit. As noted by the NHL, Raffi's initial point of contact was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was playing the puck. He did not leave his feet or elevate, he kept his shoulder tucked and elbow down at his side, and he was gliding -- not skating or charging. "As evidenced in the video, just prior to Torres making contact with the opposing player, that player altered his posture to play a bouncing puck with his hand, placing himself in a vulnerable position.

Chicago Tribune

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May 18, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Sheriff Insanahan and the DOPS have totally lost it now. No rational explanation fits other than a feeble, misguided attempt to show they're doing something about violence in hockey. I guess they must've missed the entire Toronto-Boston series.

May 18, 2013  09:30 AM ET



For my American friends.....

May 18, 2013  09:43 AM ET



How do you like him now????

May 18, 2013  09:45 AM ET

I hate to play devil's advocate, but... it has seemed like Raffi tended to be retributive in the past - like nailing someone from the other team after his goalie had been run, or when another of his team-mates had been gooned. There isn't much doubt that this guy can play, and hit a ton - legally, and otherwise. The League has allowed alot of pure shibble-dip as long as their preferred muggy-wugs get where and what they want. It's past just being a joke now - and sickening the way these panels and pundits spout party-lines telling everyone what to think. Elbow or shoulder hits head or it doesn't, play was offside or it wasn't, goal was kicked in or it wasn't. One ref, or linesman - on his own - managed to get into a real problem about once a decade, and the players respected them.

May 18, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sheriff Insanahan and the DOPS have totally lost it now. No rational explanation fits other than a feeble, misguided attempt to show they're doing something about violence in hockey. I guess they must've missed the entire Toronto-Boston series.

I concur.

May 18, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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How do you like him now????

That was a great night for Sid, but lets be honest, Anderson was not on his game last night.

May 18, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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That was a great night for Sid, but lets be honest, Anderson was not on his game last night.

Players like Sid tend to do that to goalies.

May 18, 2013  10:26 AM ET

How a "prominent hockey analyst" is in the middle of a mayoral crack cocaine scandal in Canada.
http://bit.ly/10W7xT4


Ummm... thoughts?

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@awfulannouncing (crossing fingers) please be McGuire, please be McGuire, please be McGuire....
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May 18, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Rumor is Sid is going to have a phone hearing for hurting Anderson's feelings last night.

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May 18, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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*sigh*

I'll just leave this here and head up to the cottage for the rest of the wknd. Happy May 2-4, Canadians.

LOL - Thanks for that Danny.



And I thought smoking crack kept you skinny?

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May 18, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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He has his own magnetic field.

But he is a politician.

If they gave him a enema he'd disappear.

May 18, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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LOL - Thanks for that Danny.And I thought smoking crack kept you skinny?

Not only does he look like Chris Farley it also appears he has picked up some of his habits

May 18, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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But he is a politician. If they gave him a enema he'd disappear.

If they gave him an enema Mike Duffy would pop out.

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May 18, 2013  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

But he is a politician. If they gave him a enema he'd disappear.

Beauty, made me laugh!

 
May 18, 2013  03:28 PM ET
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*sigh*I'll just leave this here and head up to the cottage for the rest of the wknd. Happy May 2-4, Canadians.

LMFAO! Great stuff!

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