Report: NHL won’t announce Torres decision until “at least Saturday”


According to various sources, the fate of Raffi Torres won’t be decided today.

That’s the word from RDS’ Renaud P. Lavoie (and The Sporting News’ Sean Gentille), who are reporting the NHL won’t announce the results of Torres’ in-person disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shananan until “at least Saturday.”

The Torres-Shanahan meeting occurred on Friday at the NHL head office in New York.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Torres and Coyotes GM Don Maloney are flying back to Phoenix today and won’t be available for comment anytime soon.

“I would be shocked if there’s a decision from NHL today,” McKenzie tweeted. “Plus, I would suspect Shanahan will have to think long and hard on this one.”

This is the second time this postseason Shanahan has taken his time making a suspension announcement. The first was when the decision to ban Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was made roughly six hours prior to Tuesday’s Game 3 — despite the fact Shaw’s infraction occurred on Saturday and his hearing was on a Monday.

Should note the announcement’s timing has no real bearing on Torres’ availability for the remainder of this series. He’s been suspended indefinitely and, barring a shockingly light ruling, won’t play again in the opening round.

The Coyotes and Blackhawks resume their series on Saturday with Game 5 in Phoenix.

Update: The NHL has confirmed Torres’ ruling will be announced on Saturday.

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Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.