A Special Category of Player
Raffi Torres, meet Trevor Gillies. Two player who don't get the message no matter if its delivered in CAPITAL LETTERS with the speakers turned up to 11.
I mean, really. We established that Gillies wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer during the season with his shenanigans.
But how about Torres, who is at least a real hockey player?
No sooner did the Vancouver forward return on Sunday night from a four-game suspension for his head shot on Jordan Eberle of the Oilers than he took a run at Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks and committed about as obvious a violation of the new Rule 48 as one can imagine.
Somehow, Torres got only two minutes for his blindside head shot. But it's unlikely Colin Campbell will be that lenient.
If we follow the Gillies model, Torres should get five games. Then again, the previous one was for two regular season games and two playoff games, so what the next level up from there is would be anyone's guess.
You wonder how Torres could possibly imagine he could get away with the hit on Seabrook. Then again, the officials didn't call Rule 48, so you imagine guys like Torres believe they can get away with this stuff because they often do. Plus, it probably helped his team, delivering a significant blow to a key Chicago player like Seabrook even though the Hawks scored on the resulting power play. With the game on the line Seabrook wasn't his usual effective self, and you've got to believe that's why teams employ heat-seeking missiles like Torres.
The playoffs aren't even a week old and we've already had two suspensions (Jarret Stoll, Bobby Ryan) and Torres, you have to believe, will make three. At least Stoll and Ryan were first-time offenders. Torres? Anything but.