Raffi, Eberle and Glass Houses

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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10 Responses

  1. vancitydan says:

    Have to disagree on the suspension.

    Like Raffi said “finishing my hit, and he had his hit down…I gotta finish my hit or I am not in the league”. He was pretty adamant that it was clean, and even Eberle admitted afterwards that he “put myself in a bad spot”.

    Knowing the wheel of justice, and the fact the kid was out on the PP, and it was essentially a hockey play gone bad, I will be surprised by anything more than a fine.

  2. Ken Zhou says:

    This hit reminds me of the Steve Moore hit on Naslund. Both Naslund and Eberle stretched out for the puck, and end up getting hit by a player with little intent on playing the puck.

    Maybe a suspension, but first round of the playoffs? Say what?

  3. Before the recent GM meetings and the addition of the concussion protocol, I’d agree that a suspension would be unlikely. But I’m thinking the NHL is all about perception right now and agree with JJ that the wheel o’ justice will be given a spin. My guess is he’ll get a game, maybe two.. and simply be fresh for what I’m hoping is a long playoff run.

  4. big nipples says:

    Ya, uhh. No oilers fans around here liked torres, so many were happy he was finally gone. He does NOTHING but hit and scrap, he even said if he dont hit then he doesnt have a job. Same about stortini, difference between torres and stortini is that torres is way more tough, stortini was a little pansy who tried to work more ob his game then his fighting and hits. Whats funny is I hate both for the complete opposite reasons..

  5. @Ken Zhou – I doubt he’d get suspended for the first round. Unless Colie and Gary reaaaaally hate the Canucks. (Oh wait…)

    @vancitydan – I’ll be surprised if he escapes with just a fine, not because of the legality of the hit, but moreso because of the NHL’s hypersensitivity about head shots. To be honest, I feel more confident about Maggie spinning the wheel of justice than anyone else in NHL HQ in New York.

  6. Wingnuthunter says:

    Both hits were dirty. Hits to the head are wrong. In the hit on Eberle, Torres ignored the puck completely, his post-game analysis of the hit was complete BS. He was indeed “finishing his hit” — it was just a dirty and very likely an illegal one — and he was not making a play for the puck. As the commentator says in the footage of the Michalek hit, “there are lots of ways to hit a player” — this shouldn’t be one of them. 5 games for Torres.

  7. guest987 says:

    YOU don’t know what Oiler fans thought of the Michalek hit. Most of us thought it was a bad hit then too.

    Keep in mind the NHL is trying to put a stop to this type of hit . In 2006 it wasn’t considered such a bad hit – in 2011 it’s suspendable… and Raffe knows that but he chose to hit a rookie in in game that didn’t matter. I think the no-brainer her is Raffe.

  8. Austinmoreside says:

    very true

  9. Ghamplas says:

    i’m a die hard oiler fan and i hated the hit on Michalek. I didn’t think the hit on Eberle was nearly as bad but that being said it is precisely the type of play they’re looking to eliminate.

  10. Wingnuthunter says:

    Okay, so I was off by a game, but the message is clear.

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