Posted by paul71 on 4/21/2012 11:16:00 PM (view original):
It is a bit inconsistent the 25 games Torres received. Many worse hits were given far less this season.
That being said I hope this is setting a new standard and the league keeps discipline to this level. I am all for long suspensions for these kind of dangerous hits - any dangerous hit whether to the head or the knees.
Torres getting 25 isn't so much about the hit, it's about his 'rap sheet'. This being the 6th time and 3rd time this season. While I'm sure the fact Hossa was seriously injured played a part in the length, it wasn't the primary factor.
I think Shanahan has wanted to send a message right from spring training BUT has been handcuffed by a few very powerful GMs (who don't want to be named). Last night on CBC, a reporter confirmed this particular fact. These GMs are NOT happy with this punishment. But in this case, a 'rap sheet' this long and a very serious injury Shanahan (and his group) felt they could justify it. Therefore did it.
I'm sure this is not over. The new CBA is about to be dealt with this summer. You can bet this issue will a big one!!