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Raffi Torres suspended 41 games
The Sharks forward levels his own team by incurring the death penalty
10/5/15 - By Mike Lee -

One of the intangibles that was missing from the Sharks game last season was the big hitting presence on the ice that made the opposition worry more about getting popped and less about moving the puck. After Raffi Torres tore up his knee, that presence turned into a void. With the start of the regular season looming, Torres created another void on Monday after learning that he won't be skating for San Jose until the second half of the 2015-16 NHL Season. Torrres will be sitting in the press box, watching after being handed down a devastating 41-game suspension for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg last Saturday night in Anaheim.

There's no way to defend Torres for his latest transgression. His game is made of hits intended to knock opposing players into the following week, which was certainly what he was trying to accomplish when he lined up Silfverberg with a check that caught the Ducks forward square in the chops.

Only Torres knows if there was intent to target Silfverberg's head, but the reality is the Sharks forward history is what did him in. Torres' list of debilitating hits is so long that the NHL produced a video that went on and on, showcasing all the teeth rattling checks that he's been suspended or fined for.

The video is almost comical in its prosecution of Torres, outlining the hit from multiple angles, and with a narrative that emphasizes the repeat offender status mentioning it 50 times.

NHL executioner Patrick Burke mentions that Silfverberg was not injured on the play once, but is quick to point out that Torres is a repeat offender. Did I mention that Torres is a repeat offender.

Torres now has the distinction of incurring the 3rd longest suspension in league history. Those 41 games will cost the Sharks and Torres $404,860 in salary, which will go to the Player's Emergency Fund.

The salary is secondary to the real punishment to San Jose. As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Sharks will not be allowed to backfill the roster spot vacated by Torres during his suspension. That means the Sharks will only carry 22 players on the active roster (teams dress 20 players each game).

San Jose won't be playing short-handed during any game, unless of course Dustin Brown takes out another Sharks player's knee...and goes unpunished for it. Unfortunately for Torres, he didn't learn from the Brown / Tomas Hertl incident in that if you want to take out an opposing player and not be punished for it, aim for the knees.

The Sharks decision to move their top development affiliate into their own building could provide some relief as they wait for Torres to clear his suspension. They now have the luxury of moving players from the Barracuda to the big club by having players already in town.

As of Monday night, the Sharks were mum on the subject. They released nothing in terms of a press release or nary a mention on the team website. That means the wheels are turning. If nothing else, the Sharks are a calculating organization who will make every effort to make lemonade from this festering bowl of turnips.

Torres still has the right to appeal the suspension, which means he could actually be on the ice on opening night in Los Angeles. The chances of that may be slim as Torres was still nursing his injured knee back, while trying to get in to game shape. On the other hand, Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Head Coach Peter DeBoer may just have had enough of Torres' shtick and not want to have him anywhere near the ice in order to prevent him form doing any more damage.

In the suspension, the Sharks lose that distraction that was a huge void in their game last season. There isn't anyone on the current roster that provides that same factor, which will end up being the thing that hurts the Sharks the most.

Of course, Brown will be on the ice on Wednesday, so the Sharks may simply want to focus on preserving their own health.


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