The fact that Hossa (a star player) was wheeled off on a stretcher has a lot to do with this length. As far as players not putting themselves in positions to get hit like this, I get it when it's a player turning at the last second to avoid a hit and then gets slammed head first into the boards, but I don't agree on a hit like this. You're focused on so many things in that split second that there's no way to know that someone could be head hunting so keep your head up. There's a level of trust there. A hit like this is illegal no matter what the hitee is doing. Unlike the first example.
Et Tu Nasti? Well, sorry guys, as I said earlier I knew it wasn't going to be a popular opinion. I can't argue with all of you...I just hope that someone gets what I am trying to say. I go back to the Scott Stevens analogy...the Lindros/Kariya hits would almost certainly have garnered SS a repeat offender checkmark, despite the fact that both hits, albeit brutal, were delivered within the confines of the legal boundaries and the injuries were multiplied by BOTH players admiring their passes while driving across the center of the ice. Illegality does not absolve the victim in my opinion. Hockey is(for now) a game of intense hitting and it behooves all players to pay attention especially if they know there is someone wearing the other jersey with a history of bad decision making. I feel bad for Hossa and I think that the Torres suspension is what it should be.
I do understand what you're saying JD. Hossa should have kept his head up to protect himself. Sometimes that's just not possible though. Along with NastiMarvasti's point, Hossa was trusting that everyone on the ice had respect for each other. Torres clearly lacked that respect towards his fellow competitors.
These guys understand that their place in the league is indelibly linked to their ability to cripple opponents either through force or fear. Scott Stevens was an award winning All Star defenceman. What has Raffi Torres won? What does he bring to his team other than the ability to inflict pain on the opponent? I'm NOT advocating the elimination of body hits or fighting or any of the violence that I enjoy in the sport. I have no problem with hits like the one Stevens leveled on Kariya or Lindros.
What Torres did was not comparable.
Hossa didn't "have his head down" and he wasn't "admiring his pass"... he had the puck stripped off his stick and he was reacting to the play and Torres didn't have to hit him, he didn't have to hit him that hard and he certainly didn't have to follow through the way he did.
Penalizing teams for bringing in guys like Torres is the only way that teams will actually stop bringing in guys like Torres. Punishing the guy who makes $1.75 Million a year specifically because he plays the way he does won't stop him from playing like that. I'm sure Torres would rather make $1.75 - his suspension and get to be in the NHL rather than do whatever a guy like him would have to do for a living if he wasn't in the NHL.