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Moss fine about Torres hit

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

To the league's credit, they put Raffi Torres on notice.

Although they didn't suspend the Edmonton Oilers winger -- which based on the evidence would have been overkill -- they did send a message by fining him $2,500.

It's the latest example of the NHL making a statement against hits to the head, and the next one from Torres will no doubt result in an accompanying suspension as a repeat offender.

Tying intent to the shoulder that gave Flames winger David Moss a concussion Saturday night in a 4-1 Calgary Flames victory was nearly impossible. Torres wasn't looking at his victim and appeared to be focused on the puck when he and Moss crossed paths.

But before heading to the backcheck, Torres had time to see the track Moss was taking, and the resulting head injury forced the league to take action and at least assume the impact was avoidable.

Moss was indifferent after hearing about the fine -- maybe because he's feeling so good and could play as early as tonight -- but respects the fact the disciplinarians are making an effort to continue their crackdown.

"That's one of the things they're trying to get away from is hits to the head. I think any time there's a concussion -- no matter what type of hit it is -- it's gonna be looked at," said Moss after a practice that included some contact yesterday. "Those things are pretty serious in today's game.

"(The $2,500) says that they're aware of it, they saw it and, I guess, if something like that happens again, then there'll be a further penalty. It's something the league did to say they acknowledge it."

Moss said being medically cleared after a concussion is a three-part process. How he feels after a session on the exercise bike, then a no-contact skate and finally one with contact such as the one he went through yesterday, will determine his availability tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

He's hopeful but will have to again check with docs after the morning skate today.

Moss has only seen one replay of the Torres collision and doesn't know whether or not it was intentional.


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