NHL Hits Torres with Longest Ever Suspension
Raffi Torres set an NHL record today, but not the kind of record you want to be in the books on. The NHL laid down the hammer on Torres, suspending him for 41 games. Under the current conditions, Raffi Torres is considered a repeat offender and for good reason. The Sharks will have to try to sort something out before tomorrow’s 5 PM EST roster deadline or else Torres will be taking up space on the Sharks roster.
Torres has a long history of suspensions, but this most recent one trumps them all. In 2012, he was suspended 25 games for an illegal check to the head of Chicago’s Marian Hossa during a playoff game. This was only four months after he received a two game suspension for a hit against Nate Prosser.
Then, in 2013, he got hit with another suspension due to a hit to the head of Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll. Torres would be suspended for the rest of the playoff series between the two teams, which Los Angeles won in seven games.
This all leads up to Monday’s suspension of 41 games. The suspension was a combination of his hit to the head against Jakob Silfverberg and Torres’ history. This is the longest suspension in NHL history, beating out Chris Simon’s 30 game suspension in 2007. Torres has had limited playing time in the past few seasons and his future after the suspension ends is up in the air.