As Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa recovers from the hit Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres inflicted on him in Game 3, Torres will be talking to the NHL about it.
A league source confirmed that Torres will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan as soon as possible for his hit on Hossa last night. It is also appears it will be an in-person hearing, which means Torres could get a suspension of six or more games.
The Blackhawks forward was taken off on a stretcher after Torres hit. Replays showed that Torres left his feet, his shoulder going to the head of Hossa, who did not have the puck at the time. Hossa was taken to the hospital but was released after undergoing some tests. The Blackhawks released a statement after the game, stating that Hossa would continue to be monitored, and we anticipate a full recovery in a timetable yet to be determined.
Torres has a prior history; he was suspended four games near the end of last regular season and was suspended two games earlier this season. He was not suspended for his high hit on Brent Seabrook in Game 3 of the Blackhawks first-round series with the Vancouver Canucks, which happened a year to the day before the hit on Hossa.
Coach Joel Quenneville called it a brutal hit after the game, a 3-2 overtime loss for the Blackhawks. None of the four officials saw the hit, and therefore no penalty was called on the play.
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Just when you think the Bulls are back at full strength for one of the few times this season and able to hit the reset button halfway through the year, someone goes down with an injury.
Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left ankle injury that he apparently suffered Sunday night in the Bulls’ win against Memphis.
This comes on the day Nikola Mirotic has recovered from his strep throat and apparently the flu bug that made its way through the locker room has finally run its course.
Paul Zipser, the Bulls’ rookie second-round pick, will start in Gibson’s place. Zipser has played in 12 games so far, starting in two of them.
"It's something that kind of popped up,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don't know exactly the time. He did have a little bit of soreness in the game. Again, it's not to the point where you're saying this is something that holds him out a while.”
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Gibson did have ankle surgery on his left ankle in June 2015, but he’s been an iron man this year, starting every game to this point and averaging 12 points with 7.3 rebounds.
Hoiberg said he’s not sure if Gibson will need an MRI or if this injury is somehow related to the ankle surgery that cost Gibson several months in the 2015 offseason.
It seems Hoiberg will start off with Zipser and then use Mirotic and Bobby Portis as reserves against the Mavericks team that gave the Bulls a 25-point whipping in Dallas on Dec. 3, their second-worst loss of the year.
“Again, we hope to sit him tonight, have a couple days off to rest and get him back in the lineup in the next one,” Hoiberg said. “We felt it was best to hold him out tonight."