Have you seen theScore’s compilation of Raffi Torres’ history of violence? If not, you can check it out in Bourne’s post here.
It’s a great measuring stick for what Torres’ indefinite suspension should ultimately end up being, whenever it’s announced.
As you skim through the countless irresponsible hits Torres has dished out in his career, you’ll notice that some things never change.
He usually targets players who are in no way prepared to take a hit (are vulnerable), he usually targets players that don’t have possession of the puck, he almost always targets the head, and he often finds himself airborne as he delivers these brain rattling hits.
After watching this montage, which I assume Brendan Shanahan and the NHL have already combed over, I really don’t see any reason to let Raffi Torres play another game this season, regardless of whether Torres’ Coyotes are eliminated in the first round by the Blackhawks, or whether they march all the way to June (not happening).
Now here are your morning links:
- Don Cherry “really believes” Torres will to get 10 games (Puck Daddy).
- Cory Schneider is the Canucks’ new starter. Is Roberto Luongo now officially tradable? (Canada.com). While I understand that Schneider has earned the right to be the team’s No. 1 right now, and definitely understand why the Canucks would want out from Luongo’s contract, I still think it’s too early for this debate. If and when Vancouver is eliminated, it’s fair game. But we’ve seen how crazy the NHL playoffs can get, and I’m not prepared to guarantee that Luongo won’t play another minute for the Canucks this Spring. Are you?
- Schneider gives the Canucks hope (Faceoff.com).
- The Rangers aren’t feeling the crush of a Game 4 loss to the Senators yet (New York Daily News). The Rangers still have home ice advantage in a best-of-three series, but come on, they just blew a two-goal lead and a chance to come home up 3-1, don’t tell me they’re not feeling it.
- This Penguins/Flyers series is a goaltender’s nightmare (NHL.com). 45 goals is the most through four games of a series in NHL history.
- Marc-Andre Fleury’s baby steps mean the Penguins can climb a mountain (Sporting News). As I stated in a post last night, if the Pens can take care of business at home in Game 5, I think I’d be more comfortable with Fleury with my back against the wall for Games 6 and 7 than I would be with Ilya Bryzgalov.
- Jaroslav Halak “obviously” won’t play tonight for the Blues (ESPN). Halak remains sidelined with a suspected ankle injury.
- The Coyotes/Blackhawks series is turning into a battle of attrition (NHL.com).
- With Backstrom out for the Capitals, the Bruins can’t get overconfident (NECN).
- The Bruins take on the Titanic (My Fox Boston). Check out Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference doing their best Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio impression.
- Martin Brodeur is ready for the Panthers and ready to bounce back in Game 4 (ESPN Florida).