I will never forget April 17, 2012 and the vicious assault that occurred on Marian Hossa. I will always remember the sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach as Hossa was laying motionless on the United Center ice. The feeling of pure hatred towards Raffi Torres was extreme and rather frightening. Nearly 10 months have passed since that game and we will get our first look at Torres tomorrow night in Phoenix. Many fans have been calling for his head since he took out Brent Seabrook in the 2011 playoffs while he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks. The cry for vengeance will be loud tomorrow, but the Hawks need to be smart.
Torres has said all the right things since he was handed out his 25 game suspension for his hit on Hoss. He told the Chicago media today "It is what it is. Obviously, they are off to a great start. Whatever happens out there, happens. I'm sure they just want to go out there and get the ‘W.' It'll be a good test for us. We got a good team coming in here, the best team in the league."
According to Raffi, he is now a changed man. "We have to protect the top players in our league," Torres said. "If it's going to take me thinking a little and not just running around with my head cut off, then that's what it's going to take." He went on to add ; "I was over it the day after they told me I got 25 games. I look at it as for everything negative that happens to you, there's a positive that comes out of it. I learned a lot about myself over the last eight, nine months." I am pretty sure I am in the majority that are not buying this song and dance routine. Matt Cooke seems to be living proof that shitheads can change, but I believe it is only a matter of time before Raffi does what Raffi does.
The Sweetest Revenge
Second City Hockey | Feb 6