We knew it was coming. We knew during the NHL playoffs that somebody would lose his head and try to hurt another player.
That player is Raffi Torres of the Phoenix Coyotes. He left his feet to check Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks and the resulting thud and fall to the ice is hard to watch.
Hossa had to be taken off on a stretcher.
Torres has done this before. Therefore, he should be gone for the rest of the playoffs and possibly into next season.
He also injured Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook last year on his very first game back after a suspension for a cheap hit on Edmonton rookie Jason Eberle.
This guy hasn’t learned.
And so it brings me to my position I’ve stated on this blog before: Get body contact out of the sport.
The league has promised to crack down on hits to the head. Ya, Ya, Ya.
How many players have to be injured seriously before the league realizes the inevitable?
It almost lost its star player Crosby for good.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson got an elbow to the head from Rangers’ Carl Hagelin this week and now the captain is out with a concussion.
Daniel Sedin is just getting back to help Vancouver in the postseason after missing more than 10 games due to a concussion. In that case it was the Blackhawks dishing out. Duncan Keith applied the hit to the head on Sedin.
The list goes on and on and on.