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Raffi Torres ruling for hit on Marian Hossa will come on Saturday, league says

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The Blackhawks will have to wait one more day to see how long Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is suspended for his leaping, shoulder-to-head hit on Marian Hossa in Game 3.

The NHL said Friday that it will not announce it's decision regarding Torres' suspension until Saturday. Torres had an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan at noon on Friday at the league's New York offices.

Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for his illegal hit on Hossa a day earlier. Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher, hospitalized and later released.

Hossa (head injury) did not play in Game 4 Thursday and won't play in Game 5 on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. He did not travel with the Hawks to Arizona on Friday.

"He's the same," Quenneville said.

Hossa didn't have the puck at the time, while Torres left the ice and made direct contact with Hossa's head, violating Rule 48 (Illegal Check to the Head),

Here is Torres' suspension history that will likely play a huge role in Shanahan's ruling:

** A two-game suspension for charging Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser on Dec. 31, 2011.

** A $2,500 fine for elbowing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda on Dec. 29, 2011.

** A four-game suspension, including two playoff games, for elbowing Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on April 5, 2011.

Hossa had communicated with the Hawks via text messages and spoken with a few of them.

"He's texting all the boys back, so he's pretty busy with his phone now," Jonathan Toews said. "I don't want to keep him too busy. You want him to rest and relax. But by the sound of it, he's getting better as the day goes on."

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THis is sad the nhl should remove him.So he can't play hockey anymore because when he steps out there he puts people out on that ice lives endangered just like Hossa

What about the referees for that game? How do four guys miss that? The linesman coward out of the way...tell me he didn't see it. Really? Hossa leaves on a stretcher and Torres doesn't even get two minutes in the box and Shaw ends up with 5 minutes and 3 game suspension for the Mike Smith incident, whom by the way, was playing for the Oscar instead of the cup that night. The referees should be held responsible for part of it. Torres is a thug, every hockey fan knows it, and so should the referees. They owe the Hawks and the fans an apology. Coach Q said it right...the refereeing was a disgrace!

I cant believe he wasnt gone after his head hunting hit on Eberle. He makes me sick and this time i pray hes gone for good.

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