Hossa still recovering as Torres appeals punishment
'It's going to take some time'
|Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is taken off the ice on a stretcher after taking a hit to the head from Coyotes forward Raffi Torres during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal series at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., April 17, 2012. (REUTERS)
While the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres has launched an appeal of the 25-game suspension he received for a hit on Marian Hossa, the Chicago Blackhawks forward said Thursday he still has not recovered.
Torres and the NHL players union announced Thursday they will appeal the ban, seeking to have it reduced but not eliminated. A date for the appeal, to be heard by commissioner Gary Bettman, has not been set.
Torres, who has a reputation as a headhunter, delivered a shoulder-to-head hit April 21 on Hossa in Game 3 of the opening playoff round. Hossa left the ice on a stretcher and did not return to the series because of a suspected concussion.
The suspension was the longest issued by the NHL since New York Islanders forward Chris Simon got 30 games for stomping on Jarkko Ruutu in December 2007.
Hossa said on a conference call that he is feeling better now but still not back to normal.
"It's going to take some time," Hossa said. "The good thing is it's step by step getting a little bit better, and that's a good sign."
Hossa and Torres have talked since, with Hossa scolding the Coyotes forward for jumping when he made the hit.