Smith on Brown: “If Raffi Torres gets 25 games then he ought to be out forever”


If you gauge the angriest Phoenix Coyotes by the shots of the explosively awkward handshake line following the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-3 OT win, you’d think Shane Doan was the angriest. Maybe that’s true, but star goalie Mike Smith arguably expressed his anger regarding Dustin Brown’s hit on Michal Rozsival in the most bombastic way, as Mark McClune reports.

“If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play then this guy (Brown) ought to be done forever,” Smith said.

Is that hyperbole or just the truth?

Either way, it’s a testament to why reporters should always have access to players and coaches shortly after games. For all the times when people sing cliche lullabies, there are those moments when someone like Smith unleashes his honest rage.

It’s probably safe to say that Brown won’t essentially get banned from the Stanley Cup finals, but check out this post to share your thoughts on what – if any – kind of punishment he deserves for that controversial hit.

(For what it’s worth, Dave Tippett kept his cool on the subject, simply saying “write what you saw.”)

Report: Raffi Torres’ appeal to be heard Thursday

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres has been sitting quietly in the press box since delivering his brutal shot to Marian Hossa in the first round, but there’s a very outside chance his days of waiting may come to an end soon.

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Torres’ appeal of his 25-game suspension will be heard on Thursday. The catch with an appeal, however, is he won’t be sitting down with Brendan Shanahan to discuss it but with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman instead. The chances of seeing Bettman go against his guy Shanahan and reduce Torres’ suspension would appear to be minimal.

Torres’ suspension for his late, head-targeting hit is one of the longest in NHL history and one that was deemed to have three separate penalties occur on the same play. No penalty was called during the game.

Raffi Torres releases statement regarding suspension, might still appeal

Marian Hossa, Raffi Torres

The one guy we hadn’t heard from regarding Raffi Torres’ 25-game suspension for hitting Marian Hossa was Torres himself. This afternoon through the NHLPA, however, Torres did release a brief statement on his playoff-ending ban from hockey.

“My main concern is for the healthy recovery of Marian Hossa, and I hope that he will be able to get back on the ice to compete again soon. I sincerely regret injuring Marian. 

Regarding the severity of the suspension issued, I will take the next few days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.”

Torres does have the right to appeal his suspension, but should he do that his appeal won’t be heard by the man who suspended him today, Brendan Shanahan, but instead by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The chances that Bettman would go against a ruling handed down by another member of the NHL offices would seem slim.

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On the ruling, Shanahan pointed out Torres broke three separate rules during his hit on Hossa, a play that went without a penalty called during the game.