Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal series at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., April 17, 2012. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)
GLENDALE, ARIZ. - It seems so long ago that the NHL threw the book at Raffi Torres, you wonder if it was a stone tablet. … for a head shot on Howie Morenz.
It’s been nine months and counting since the league last let the six-time offender play a game.
The sentence was 21 games for a hellacious hit in the playoffs that sent Chicago’s Marian Hossa to the hospital on a stretcher, but between the off-season, the 113-day lockout and the first eight games of this season, it’s like the Coyotes winger has been serving it in dog years.
“Nine months, is that was it is,” said the former Edmonton Oiler, who’s finally eligible to return Saturday against Dallas.