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