Raffi Torres isn’t a member of the Vancouver Canucks anymore, but he might not ever play a game at the United Center without a cascade of boos. This time around, Torres caught Marian Hossa with a questionable hit, forcing the Chicago Blackhawks sniper to leave the game on a stretcher.
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Torres didn’t receive a penalty for the check, but Brandon Bollig got a game misconduct for going after the Coyotes forward. Replays revealed that Torres might have left his skates on the check, but feel free to debate its dirtiness in the comments. Joel Quenneville was livid in an on-the-bench interview, too (expect video of that, too).
Blackhawks fans are booing Mike Smith every time he touches the puck, but they might want to save some of that negative energy for Torres.
As you may remember, Torres caught Brent Seabrook with a brutal and controversial check behind the net in last year’s playoffs. It seemed to be part of what lit a fire under Chicago, who nearly came back from a 3-0 series deficit to beat Torres’ former team, the Vancouver Canucks.
With Andrew Shaw’s three-game suspension, it’s going to be hard for Torres to avoid sitting a game or two himself. What kind of punishment does he deserve, then?