Torres got a huge suspension in my opinion because of three factors that I don't think should be included in determining suspension length
1. The player he hit got seriously injured
2. The player he hit was Marian Hossa, one of the best players in hockey
3. He hit this player while the NHL was weathering a sh!t storm of bad publicity from multiple supension/incidents (Asham, Bitz, Neal, Weber, etc)
Even for a repeat offender like Torres, I don't see how that hit gets 10+ games if not for those three things. I agree with the premise that the league needs to do what it can to limit head shots due to the advances we've made in studying concussions/CTE, but to do this punishment now, for these reasons is not fair to Torres.
They made an example out of Torres. The NHLPA has a legitimate grievance to make on his part I think, especially if Phoenix is eliminated soon.
Edit: Just today, an NFL player committed suicide due to CTE/Brain Trauma from concussions
It's a serious issue, not part of the "pussification" of the sport
Edited by halfsharkalligatorhalfman, 22 April 2012 - 10:45 AM.