Hockey is one of the most violent sports out there with monster hits happening in every game. Not to mention the fact that fighting is allowed and seemingly encouraged so the fans get pumped up.
However, when a hit looks bad and ends up injuring a player, it doesn't necessarily mean a suspension is in order, especially when the NHL won't even punish a player that physically grabs and smashes the head of another into the glass.
Since it is such a violent game, safety is a major concern. When the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres left his skates and delivered a crushing blow to Chicago Blackhawks' forward Marian Hossa, everyone feared for the worst as Hossa received medical attention.
He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and had a brief stay at the hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hossa was able to get into a car under his own power, which is certainly a good sign.
It was a huge hit that has everyone in the NHL world going crazy, but Torres should not get suspended.
The violence has seemed to step it up a notch now that it is the postseason, which is something the NHL needs to be more mindful of moving forward.
Since the league didn't suspend Nashville's Shea Weber for his horrendous attack on Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, Torres should get off scot-free as well.
As you can see in the video above, Weber intentionally grabs Zetterberg and bashes his face into the glass. That is extremely unacceptable, but Weber was dealt no punishment by the league.
Torres' hit on Hossa was brutal, but the NHL has to be consistent here, especially when Weber's was worse.
Should the NHL Suspend Raffi Torres?
Sure, Hossa may have been sent to the hospital, which makes it look even more terrible that Weber's, but big body checks happen in the game all the time. And even though Torres left his skates, it's still not as bad as Weber trying to break Zetterberg's face against the glass.
Hockey is violent, but it should never reach the level that Weber took it to.
The NHL will be very hypocritical if it suspends Torres for a playoff game, and it should be ashamed of itself if it boots Torres from the remainder of the playoffs, which is something a number of folks are calling for.