Remember how Raffi Torres said he’d take “a few days” to decide if he was going to appeal his 25 game suspension for his hit on Marian Hossa? I logged on Twitter today to see that after two weeks, he’s now decided to appeal.
He’s not appealing the fact that he was suspended at all; he’s appealing the severity of it by arguing the inconsistency of suspensions by Brendan Shanahan. I do see his point on this: with Shea Weber getting the equivalent of a slap on the wrist for slamming Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the plexiglass, Andrew Shaw sitting out three games for his first offense and Matt Carkner getting a one-game suspension for repeatedly punching Brian Boyle, this playoff season alone has been a head-scratching affair in terms of punishments. Don’t get me started on the regular-season inconsistencies *cough Tom Sestito cough*.
Another sore point this brings to light is the fact that when a player decides to appeal a suspension, the appeal goes directly to Gary Bettman (*spits to curse him*) instead of having independent arbitration. No doubt this will be addressed during CBA talks this summer.
In a coincidental turn of events, Hoss gave a short teleconference from Slovakia, where he says he’s doing better but he’s still not well. He doesn’t remember much of anything before he woke up in the hospital, and he said it was awful sitting in a dark room for those first few days and sleeping for the better part of a week. He did receive a call from Torres…a week after the hit. This gave Hoss the chance to tell him that he didn’t like that Torres left his feet and targeted his head. He’s looking forward to hitting training camp, but that’s not till September – right now he’s focusing on taking small steps on the road to recovery, which includes short walks.
The chances of Torres’ suspension being lightened will be slim, given his history. Looks like he’ll have a very long summer to (possibly) think about what he did and (maybe) decide to turn himself around (I doubt it).