How the NHL Came Up With 25 Games
There’s been a ton of reaction following the 25-game suspension Phoenix forward Raffi Torres received following his hit on Blackhawks superstar Marian Hossa.
Method behind the madness.
The NHL didn’t just pick this number out of a hat. There was no way the league was going to allow Torres to play again in the 2012 playoffs. A 25 game suspension is the only guarantee he’ll miss the remainder of the post-season. If the Coyotes play the maximum number of playoff games this spring he still won’t be eligible to play again until next season.
The NHL obviously needed to find a way to get their point across. On the surface the 25-game suspension seems stiff but if Hossa can’t play another playoff game then neither should Torres.
The chance of the Coyotes playing the maximum number of playoffs games allowed is obviously very slim. This is the only way the league is guaranteed to take significant money out of his pocket.
This suspension isn’t about just this one hit. It’s the fact he’s been either fined or suspended five previous times and hasn’t adjusted his game. You can argue all you want whether or not he should be suspended but sources say this is how they came up with the 25 game number.
I still believe Torres was an easy target for Shanahan and the NHL. Torres has a reputation as a dirty player and the NHL knew they had the support of the fans and the mainstream media if they came down hard on this particular player.
Most players tell me they don’t believe Shanahan has done a good job. Some feel he uses the media to tell his story. Several players tell me he’s been too inconsistent with his suspensions when his mantra was consistency at the time he took the job.
Regardless it’s a brutal job that’s guaranteed to be second guessed and picked apart. Then again this is a job he wanted.
Sources indicate changes could be on the way in terms of how discipline is handed down once the new CBA is agreed upon.
More to come,