Raffi Torres hit on Jarret Stoll is (literally) borderline

I have yet to see an illuminating video of the hit. There’s the play as shown in real time, where it appears the puck is in the vicinity of Stoll, but I couldn’t tell you if he had possession of the puck or not. There’s the replay as shown on NBC, which doesn’t show the puck at all, but to my eye indicates that the check was shoulder on shoulder and that if anything Stoll’s and Torres’s heads might have knocked after the initial contact. My guess is that, if Stoll is concussed, it’s from whiplash as a result of the initial shoulder contact. The best rationale for suspension, if you ask me, is the blind-side hit rule, since Stoll was in a compromising position and had no idea the hit was coming. However, that rule requires that the principal point of contact be the head, and I just can’t tell if it was.

If Torres gets Shanabanned, I think it’s his reputation working against him. Unless the league has another angle that clearly shows Stoll’s head as the principal.


  7 comments for “Raffi Torres hit on Jarret Stoll is (literally) borderline

  1. May 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    I agree to a point. This was worse than the hit Stoll got suspended for 2 years ago in the playoffs.

  2. JZarris
    May 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    This is about what I saw, yet I still think Torres will be/should be suspended. What seals it for me is his upward motion when making contact, which is exactly what he has been guilty of in the past. If anything, the league needs to make clear to him that his bullshit will follow him wherever he goes.

  3. May 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    I have full photographic proof that not only was Stoll’s head the initial point of contact, it was the only point of contact.


  4. May 15, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    If Brown got 2 games for his hit on Pommerville with no history, Torres must get at least the same if not more. But I’m not holding my breath.

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