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Sidney Crosby’s father Troy also shoots down retirement rumors

Just in case there was any doubt remaining about the seemingly far-fetched idea of Sidney Crosby’s family pushing for him to retire, the star center’s father shot down that idea.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with Troy Crosby, who denied Bob McCown’s claims. Crosby’s father simply said that his family is just trying to get him healthy again, noting that “However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”

This backs up the refutations offered by Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson, which we noted two days ago. Brisson also said that he’s making progress, but there is “no time table” for his return.

One final note: for those of you starving for any morsels of information regarding his status, Hockey Night in Canada’s Cassie Campbell notes that Crosby has been “shooting in [the] Pens’ shooting gallery” but hasn’t resumed skating just yet. We’ll keep you updated about his status, which still clearly seems in limbo (even if he’s far from quitting forever at this point).

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.