Raffi Torres Suspension Trimmed To 21 Games

Raffi Torres was suspended 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa. He'll miss the rest of the playoffs and could miss time next season as well.

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Raffi Torres Suspension Reduced By 4 Games

Raffi Torres' 25-game suspension has been trimmed by four games, the NHL announced Monday. He'll serve eight more games of the suspension next season.

Torres was handed the suspension after a brutal hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during the Western Conference Quarterfinals in April. He served 13 games against the suspension during the Phoenix Coyotes playoff run and had 12 games remaining on the ban prior to the decision from Commissioner Gary Bettman. In early May, Torres appealed the original suspension handed out by Brendan Shanahan.

"This type of on-ice conduct cannot and will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League," Bettman said in a statement. "We have seen similar behavior before from Mr. Torres and, particularly given the league’s heightened scrutiny on hits to the head, I believe that a very significant penalty is warranted in this case. We hope and expect that the severity of this incident, and the league’s response to it, will help prevent any similar incident from occurring in the future."

Torres will be eligible to return to the Coyotes lineup on Nov. 2 when they visit the Ottawa Senators. He will still miss the entirety of the NHL preseason. He'll forfeit $170,731.68 in salary.

The timing of the NHL's decision is a bit curious as they embark in collective bargaining with the NHL Players' Association. It could be seen as a gesture of good will towards a union that feels the suspension appeal process is less than ideal.

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Raffi Torres Suspension Appeal To Be Heard Thursday, According To Report

Raffi Torres has decided to appeal his 25-game suspension, and he'll meet with the league on Thursday to do so, according to a report from Sportsnet.

The suspension was originally handed down in April during the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks. Torres delivered a brutal, illegal hit on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3. Torres completed the trifecta on the check: He hit a player who didn't have the puck, he targeted Hossa's head and left his feet while delivering the hit.

Ultimately, the decision to overturn the suspension falls on Commissioner Gary Bettman. It seems unlikely that he'll lessen the blow on Torres' 25-game ban, which will force him to miss the remainder of the NHL postseason and perhaps even games next season, depending on how deep the Coyotes advance in these playoffs and how many games they have to play should they reach the Stanley Cup Final.

Torres' 25-game suspension is the longest in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

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Raffi Torres Suspension: Coyotes Agree Hit 'Crossed The Line'

The NHL announced on Saturday that they would be suspending Raffi Torres for 25 games due to his vicious and dangerous hit on Chicago Blackhawks skater Marian Hossa. The Phoenix Coyotes winger was deemed a "repeat offender" by the league and was given the longest postseason suspension in nearly 20 years.

On Saturday, the Coyotes released an official statement in response to the NHL's ruling and agreed with the judgment. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney had this to say:

"I want to thank Brendan Shanahan and his staff for their thorough review of this incident," said Maloney. "The ruling is very severe for Raffi and our Hockey Club. Raffi plays a hard, physical game yet this contact crossed the line on what is acceptable in our game today. We hope Marian Hossa makes a full and speedy recovery as we all enjoy watching him perform. The Club accepts the NHL's decision and will focus on our game tonight."

No matter how deep the Coyotes make it into the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Torres will miss the remainder of the postseason.

For all news and information regarding the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, please visit SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub. For more from the Phoenix perspective, head over to the Five For Howling. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey.

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Raffi Torres Suspended 25 Games For Marian Hossa Hit

Raffi Torres delivered a brutal hit to Marian Hossa on Tuesday night. He has now been suspended for 25 games by the NHL as a result.

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