The Phoenix Coyotes have advanced in the postseason, and that means that Raffi Torres will continue his 25-game suspension during the playoffs. The team is guaranteed at least four more playoff games as they prepare to face the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Semifinals, and that's very good news for Torres' bank account.
NHL players do not get paid during the Stanley Cup Playoffs but, should Torres' suspension carry over to next season, he'll have to forfeit $21,341.46 for each regular season game he sits out. That's a lot of money.
Think about it: By virtue of the Coyotes winning Game 6 Monday night in Chicago, Torres will save three games worth of salary at the very least (considering that had Phoenix lost, Game 7 would have counted against the suspension). That's $64,024.38 that will remain in Torres' possession as a result of Phoenix winning one hockey game.
He served the first game of his suspension in Game 4, so 22 games still remain on his ban. Should the Coyotes win the Conference Semifinals in seven games, the Conference Finals in seven games and the Stanley Cup Final in seven games, Torres will have to sit out only one game next regular season, and thus will forfeit only the $21,341.46.
On the flip side, however, should the Coyotes lose in a sweep to the Predators in the Western Semis, Torres will sit out 18 regular season games, costing him $384,146.28. It seems mean to root against the entire Coyotes team just because you want to see Torres punished as much as possible for his awful hit on Hossa, but ...
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