Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that Canucks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended four games for his hit to the head of Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle. Torres will miss the Canucks two remaining regular season games, as well as being forced to watch the first two playoff games from the pressbox.
Torres leveled Eberle in the Canucks Tuesday night loss to the Oilers. Eberle was in pursuit of a loose puck along the board when Torres, who passed up taking possession of the puck, caught him in a vulnerable position with a direct hit to the head.
Torres was given five minutes for elbowing, five minutes for the ensuing tussle with O’Marra, and a game misconduct on the play. The decision to suspend Torres for four games did not sit well with Canucks GM Mike Gillis, who said: “I strongly disagree. I thought it was a hockey play”, according to reports.
This is the second suspension handed down by the NHL that will include playoff games. Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke was suspended for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs on March 21.