Coyotes' Raffi Torres has suspension reduced
The Coyotes forward was suspended for 25 games following a hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, one many (including the NHL) deemed to be of the incredibly dirty variety.
Torres did not play again for the Coyotes, missing the rest of the team's run to the Western Conference Final.
However, Torres got some good news Monday, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reduced the suspension by four games. Add in the playoff games missed, and Torres will have to sit out just eight more games.
What's interesting is that the commish would be overruling the original suspension handed down by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan, which could set a somewhat dangerous precedent for the league.
At the same time, the move will certainly be viewed as the right one for anyone who felt the original suspension was too harsh, especially when you consider it was the second- longest banishment for an on-ice incident in recent NHL history.
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