(NEW YORK) — The Phoenix Coyotes may move on this postseason, but they will do it without winger Raffi Torres. The NHL suspended Torres 25 games for his late hit on the Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa during the third game of their playoff series. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and has yet to play again. Torres was not penalized for the hit during the game.
“We take a little satisfaction in seeing some justice there, but Marian Hossa is still at home, not feeling like himself,” Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews said. “It doesn’t bring him back into our lineup and feel ready.”
Torres suspension is the longest given out since December of 2007, when the Islanders Chris Simon was suspended 30 games for stomping on the ankle of Jarkko Ruutu.
This is the third time in 13 months Torres has been suspended by the NHL for a hit.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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