Apr 172011
 

In case you were on hibernation the last few hours, here is a video of Raffi Torres’ hit on Brent Seabrook.

As well, I saw the following screen cap on HF Boards:

Raffi Torres hit on Brent Seabrook

As you can probably imagine, there’s no shortage of opinion on this hit. Most fans and media in this city and around the league pretty much threw the book at Torres as soon as it happened. There are a few – myself included – who doesn’t think the hit was as bad or as dirty as everyone else has made it out to be.

While anyone who’s read me on this blog or on Twitter for a while now will know I’m a big fan of the NHL’s level of officiating, I’ll admit I don’t envy them on making this call.

Personally, I see this as a hockey hit. Look at the point of contact – the puck was in play right, Torres had his elbow in (it’s right by his waist), and didn’t come in from the blindside. In other words, it was everything Brian Campbell’s head shot on Ryan Kesler shortly afterwards wasn’t. Or Justin Abdelkader’s on Seabrook for that matter. (For what it’s worth, Torres’ penalty was officially for interference.)

Again, just my own opinion.

In a series of tweets after the game, Bob McKenzie referenced the 2010-2011 NHL Rules Enforcements video. Specifically, he referenced a Chris Pronger hit on Jody Shelley (2:57 mark of the video) – watch it.

Notice the similarities?

Notice that it fell under the “legal hits”?

I realize there are hypersensitivities regarding the subject of head shots and concussions and injuries, etc. And like everyone else, I hope the league does away with cheap, dirty hits. I just don’t think this is one of them.

[Update]

According to TSN, the league has announced that Raffi Torres will not receive any supplemental discipline.

  • http://twitter.com/PuckWatch Puck Watch

    Nice post! Appreciate the background vids. I felt it was dirty at first, but am coming around to it being definitely in the gray area at least. I wrote a similar piece on it. Reminds me a lot of the Bertuzzi – Jackman hit from 2003.

  • torressuckacawks

    you honestly are trying to say that was a clean hit? let’s put you out there in that vulnerable position of being hit blindsighted and see what your thoughts on that hit are then

  • http://twitter.com/Elite4Karen Elite Four Karen

    It’s not a blindside hit if you’re facing a guy but just not paying attention. That hit is clean, and you’re just asspained.

  • http://twitter.com/vancitydan vancitydan

    Got to agree there Hawks fan. I wavered back and forth, but its a hockey play. Behind the net like that, Seabrook has to not just “hope I don’t get hit here”. It is Torres coming off a suspension though, and his shoulder does hit the head. So, I won’t be surprised if there is a suspension.

    But that will be wrong, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/vancitydan vancitydan

    Got to agree there Hawks fan. I wavered back and forth, but its a hockey play. Behind the net like that, Seabrook has to not just “hope I don’t get hit here”. It is Torres coming off a suspension though, and his shoulder does hit the head. So, I won’t be surprised if there is a suspension.

    But that will be wrong, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/Tim_Swanson Tim Swanson

    If we outlaw this hit then we make the game unsafe! YES UNSAFE!! A player must keep his head up and take a measure of safety in his own hands. If we allow a penalty for not seeing a hit coming, we will encourage players to keep their heads down and take one for the team. A 5 minute major in a playoff game would be a huge tempation ….. doncha think?

  • http://twitter.com/edlau Ed Lau

    I was going to make similar observations, really. The only reason this is a blindside hit is because Seabrook is looking at the wrong direction instead of where he’s going. Skating behind the net not looking where you’re going chasing the puck? You’re just asking to get hit.

    As you can see in the above shot, Torres hits him from the front. He’s aimed right at the crest. The only reason he hits Seabrook in the head is because Seabrook is leaning over. Last time I checked, Seabrook is 6’3″ or 6’4″ and Torres is barely 6′. Torres didn’t leave his feet either.

  • GoCanucks

    He didn’t play the puck and he was clearly targeting Seabrooks head. Suspend him for 8 games and fire him in the off season. Ya, that’s coming from a lifelong Canucks fan.

  • http://twitter.com/mukmukwawa Marcus Westwood

    It’s NHL Hockey , not Euro Hockey as far as I’m concerned it was a great hit , #7 Seabrook needs to learn to keep his head up if this is an issue but even he isn’t throwing Torres under the bus !!!!! Quit your Whining , especially alleged Nuks fans who are bitching !!!!!

  • juv3nal

    How can a hit square to the chest be blindside? Because Seabrook wasn’t looking? So if Seabrook hypothetically happens to be looking right at Torres up until the hit occurs and he flinches and blinks somehow that becomes a blindside hit because he wasn’t looking at the moment of contact? That’s crazy talk.

    I will concede, I’m not clear at all about the rules governing contact to the head, but that’s an entirely separate issue. There is NO WAY that’s blindside, though.

  • Michaelgalica

    Raffi Torres is a a piece of shit and should be kicked out of the league. Fucking hack cheap shot. Good hard hitting is part of the game but this poor son of a bitch should find another job.

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