CALGARY — After a headshot like the one Raffi Torres laid on Jordan Eberle, the Oilers winger should have a flock of tweety birds circling his helmet.
But he’s perfectly fine. Go figure.
Some guys barely get bumped and they’re battling concussion symptoms for a week, other guys get crushed and get up like it didn’t happen.
“I’ve been hit harder than that before and as far as I know I haven’t had a concussion in my life,” shrugged Eberle. “Maybe there’s nothing in there. I don’t know.”
Eberle isn’t calling for a suspension, but says the hit was borderline enough that it warrants a look from Colin Campbell.
“Obviously I put myself in a pretty vulnerable position, reaching for the puck. He blindsides me a bit, we’ll let the league decide.”
Flames coach Brent Sutter says there’s no place for that type of hit in today’s NHL and reflected back on a time when players didn’t wait for the NHL to fight their headshot battles for them.
He remembers being taught in his rookie season — from teammates and opponents — to play the game with respect.
After throwing a blindside elbow at Rick Middleton, who didn’t wear a helmet, Sutter went to the bench, sat down between Bob Nystrom and Clark Gillies, who were also helmetless, and received dirty glares from both. No words needed to be said, but the point was clear.
Next shift, Terry O’Reilly lines up next to him and says “Listen kid, I’m going to let it go, this time, but if it happens again …”