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The National Hockey League Players' Association has filed an appeal of the 25-game suspension handed to Phoenix forward Raffi Torres last month.

Torres was penalized during the Western Conference Quarterfinals for a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the series. Hossa did not return to the game or the series, which Phoenix won in six games.

The appeal is reported to center around the length of the ban and not the ban itself.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman would hear the appeal under the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. No date for a hearing has been set.

"The National Hockey League will have no comment on this matter other than to confirm the fact that an appeal has been filed and it will be processed in the ordinary course," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.

In announcing the suspension, Brendan Shanahan, NHL senior vice president of Player Safety, said Torres was guilty of interference, charging and an illegal check to the head on the hit. He also said that Torres' status as a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA played into the length of the ban.

Even with the repeated history, I felt this wasn't worth 25 games. Hopefully Raffi sees another game this playoffs and plays some disciplined, hard-hitting hockey.

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well really, he just chose exactly the number of games the coyotes would play if they were to go to game 7 all the way to the stanley cup.

regardless, I disagree with the suspension length. if they're only going to give Keith 5, then Raffi deserves no more than 10-15.

people say Keith has no history, but really he does; he just hasn't been fined or suspended for it.

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it's true that this suspension was harsh. but it was a terrible and dangerous hit. and torres has been doing this kind of thing for years and years. i think it's the history more than the hit itself that did him in. everyone here was calling for huge suspensions on hits like this. now that it actually happened, everyone thinks it's excessive.

but of course this has nothing to do with the fact that he's an ex-canucks player....

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it's true that this suspension was harsh. but it was a terrible and dangerous hit. and torres has been doing this kind of thing for years and years. i think it's the history more than the hit itself that did him in. everyone here was calling for huge suspensions on hits like this. now that it actually happened, everyone thinks it's excessive.

but of course this has nothing to do with the fact that he's an ex-canucks player....

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I know what the league was trying to do with the suspension but their inconsistencies only help them lose legitimacy. They had a chance with the Shea Weber head slam against the boards to set the tone for the playoffs but they dropped the ball.

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It was a hockey play, the hit itslef is more along the lines of the Rome hit on Horton last year. Little bit late, I don't think that one deserved four games and Torres certainly didn't deserve 25 games.

It's almost as if they gave Torres that much so it didn't look like Phoenix wasn't getting favoured by Bettman...

I hope it's appealed and he gets leaniancy.

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It was a hockey play, the hit itslef is more along the lines of the Rome hit on Horton last year. Little bit late, I don't think that one deserved four games and Torres certainly didn't deserve 25 games.

It's almost as if they gave Torres that much so it didn't look like Phoenix wasn't getting favoured by Bettman...

I hope it's appealed and he gets leaniancy.

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The lack of consistency is a real problem. Players need to know what punishment they can expect for suspensions for any given offense, and the punishments need to be consistently high to discourage players from making the hit. It also needs to be even across the board. Star players shouldn't be untouchable. That just encourages star players to take out other star players. If you take a guy out for 20 games with a concussion or something, and only sit < 5 games, there's something wrong.

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The lack of consistency is a real problem. Players need to know what punishment they can expect for suspensions for any given offense, and the punishments need to be consistently high to discourage players from making the hit. It also needs to be even across the board. Star players shouldn't be untouchable. That just encourages star players to take out other star players. If you take a guy out for 20 games with a concussion or something, and only sit < 5 games, there's something wrong.

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Torres was suspended twice and fined in the last year for headshots/charging, obviously he needed a very strong message.

Hopefully like Cooke it will work for him, but it might have to be tough love from the Yotes to make any real change.

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