Is Phoenix comparing apples and oranges?


Is Phoenix comparing apples and oranges?

We've heard plenty about Raffi Torres and don't like to think about what he did to Marian Hossa during the playoffs. But after experiencing the devastation of seeing one of their Blackhawks brutally injured, Chicago fans might have an opinion or two concerning some comments off the Phoenix bench on Tuesday night.

The hit to Hossa has caused by far the worst injury of the postseason, but Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith thinks something much, much worse happened to his teammate in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Here's a look at Dustin Brown's hit on Michal Rozsival. Keep in mind this did not earn him a penalty, nor will he have to meet with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

After the Kings defeated the Coyotes in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, Smith made a pretty bold comment about the play.

"If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play then this guy (Brown) out to be done forever."

Here's a reminder of the hit by Torres that Smith is referring to:

After witnessing the harm done to Hossa, do you think Brown's hit on Tuesday night compares to the level of destruction Torres caused? Are the Coyotes quickly becoming a much bigger rival and enemy in Chicago and around the league?

59 Days to Kickoff: Deerfield

59 Days to Kickoff: Deerfield preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26.

School: Deerfield Warriors

Head coach: Steve Winiecki

Assistant coaches: Brandon Geuder, Nick Rossie, Mark Januszewski, Steve Downs, Flo Mitran, Quentin Davie

How they fared in 2015: 7-4 (4-1) Central Suburban North Conference. Deerfield made the Class 6A state playoff field and defeated Kenwood in the opening round. The Warriors lost to DeKalb in second-round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Warriors reload on both sides of the football?

Names to watch this season: MLB/DE Joshua Maize, WR Charlie Jones

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors have some DI names in Mazie and Jones, but they return just three starters on each side of the football.

EDGY's early take: Deerfield is always involved in the Central Suburban North conference race. If the Warriors can get a large group of inexperienced starters up to speed sooner rather than later? Deerfield will challenge for a state playoff spot in 2016. 

Bears chairman George McCaskey releases a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing

Bears chairman George McCaskey releases a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing

Bears chairman George McCaskey released a statement Tuesday morning after the passing of legendary Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who died at the age of 82.

“Buddy Ryan was the architect of the greatest defense our league has seen," McCaskey said. "He was brilliant when it came to the X’s and O’s of the game, but what made him special was his ability to create an unwavering confidence in the players he coached. 

"From the day he was hired in 1978, his defenses bought into more than the scheme, they bought into him and took on his personality. Buddy was brash, intelligent and tough. He was a perfect match for our city and team, which is why George Halas took the extraordinary step of keeping him at the behest of his defensive players while transitioning to a new coaching staff in 1982. 

"We will always be grateful for Buddy’s contribution to the Bears. He is one of the team’s all-time greats. Our prayers are with his family.”

McCaskey has been chairman since 2011, but his older brother, Michael, was chairman of the Bears during the last few years of Ryan's run as defensive coordinator, including the Super Bowl XX championship.

Former Bear Steve McMichael on Buddy Ryan's no-nonsense personality

Former Bear Steve McMichael on Buddy Ryan's no-nonsense personality

Buddy Ryan, the famed inventor of the "46" defense and the architect of arguably the greatest defense in NFL history, died Tuesday morning. He was 82. 

Ryan spent 26 seasons as an NFL coach, but his crowning achievement was as the defensive coordinator of the 1985 Chicago Bears. The always outspoken, tough loving Ryan was beloved by his players, who carried him off the field after the Bears' victory in Super Bowl XX.

Former Bears defensive tackle and a member of Ryan's 1985 defense, Steve McMichael, remembers the legendary coach for his no-nonsense personality. 

See what McMichael had to say about his former coach in the video above.