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Canucks' Torres won't face finesuspension

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Canucks' Torres won't face finesuspension

Monday, April 18, 2011
Posted: 12:38 p.m. Updated: 2:23 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Vancouver forward Raffi Torres was not suspended for his shoulder-to-head hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, TSN was reporting on Monday morning.

Torres received a two-minute minor for interference on the hit that came late in the second period. And thats the part that coach Joel Quenneville was more focused on than suspension possibilities.

I have no problem with as far as the league views it. They know the standards, they know the criteria. They do a good job with that. The call on the ice is where we got hurt the most, Quenneville said. It shouldve been a major penalty because he didnt touch the puck. Hit like that you could be exposed to severe injuries and thats the intent of a major call.

READ: ProHockeyTalk.com's take on Torres not being suspended or fined

Quenneville added that Seabrook is likely to play Game 4 tomorrow, one the Blackhawks need to win to keep the series alive.

Torres had just come off a four-game suspension to play in Game 3. Asked if he was surprised Torres didnt get a suspension on the hit, Seabrook said, yep.

With his history I think that hit deserves a suspension. Not going to complain about that. Its a fast game. Things happen quickly. You have a split second to make a decision. He wasnt trying to hit me in the head but at the same time if theyre not going to suspend somebody for that I just dont understand that.

I think he kept his elbow in but he hit the head first, Seabrook continued. As far as Im concerned thats the only thing I felt. The rest of my bodys feeling the rest of it today. Whether or not he was targeting (my head) he made contact with the head first.

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said he hadnt heard from the league at the start of his press conference and had no comment on the matter.

Henrik Sedin said the league had a good look at it and they saw what a lot of guys on the ice saw, thats its one of those things that you have to be accountable to know where guys are on the ice. Its nothing we really think about.

Seabrook kept playing after that Torres hit but the Blackhawks made him go off for evaluation after another one, when there was about three minutes remaining in the second period. He came out after second intermission and played the rest of the game. He said suspensions should be based on the hits, not on the injury or lack thereof.

WATCH: Quenneville says hit on Seabrook was brutal

I think if the leagues suspending based on the injury from the hit or whether the guys missing games or lying there getting carried off on the stretcher, I think thats wrong, he said. Theyre trying to take head hits out of the game and youve got to make the suspension the same judgment on whether or not he was taken off on a stretcher or playing the next shift.

NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell issued the following statement on the ruling:

"When Rule 48 (Illegal Check to the Head) was unanimously adopted by the General Managers in March 2010, there was no intention to make this type of shoulder hit to the head illegal. In fact, at that time, we distributed a video to all players and teams that showed a similar hit on a defenseman by an attacking forward coming from the opposite direction behind the net and stated that this is a 'legal play'.

"This hit meets none of the criteria that would subject Torres to supplemental discipline, including an application of Rule 48: He did not charge his opponent or leave his feet to deliver this check. He did not deliver an elbow or extended forearm and this hit was not 'late'."

What is and isnt considered a legal hit is always up for debate. A player having the puck, being at a certain part of the ice, there seems to be different criteria for everything.

I just think at the end of the day its a hit to the head. A hit to the head is a hit to the head. To me its pretty simple, said Duncan Keith. At the end of the day there seems to be a lot of confusion. Its just a never-ending debate going on about it.

Jonathan Toews said it was frustrating that there was no suspension.

At the end of the day were looking out for our teammate. It has to be at least a borderline head hit, he said. Considering what Torres has been up to lately, obviously theres no coincidence that something like that would happen. So its frustrating the league didnt take action in our favor.

The Blackhawks have bigger concerns on their plate at the moment. Theyre down 3-0 to the Canucks. It would be tempting for them to look for payback in Game 4 but it also wouldnt be smart.

That cant be our focus right now, Seabrook said. Our focus is to win and take it back to Vancouver and try to win the series. Thats the best way we can get back at them.

Quenneville said hes optimistic that Dave Bolland, whos been out with a concussion since March, could play in Game 4. The same is true for Bryan Bickell, who missed Game 3 with an undisclosed injury. Tomas Kopecky is out for Game 4.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman likes where Corey Crawford is at this state of the offseason, he said Friday prior to the NHL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, Bowman noted that while Crawford hasn't begun doing any on-ice work, that isn't unusual for players this early.

"We’ve been in contact with Corey and I think he’s been progressing like he normally would," Bowman said. "Most guys don’t do a lot of on-ice work the first couple of months of the offseason.

"Typically they get back on the ice sometime in July, some guys don’t skate until August. I think that’s sort of the plan for Corey as we go along here. I would say he’s right on the normal schedule for the offseason and we’ll just see how that goes."

That's good news for the Blackhawks, who sorely missed Crawford a year ago. The three-time Stanley Cup champion appeared in just 28 games, earning a 16-9-2 record and a 2.27 GAA.

NHL Draft 2018: Preview, start time, pick order, live stream and how to watch Round 1

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NHL Draft 2018: Preview, start time, pick order, live stream and how to watch Round 1

The Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons and are looking towards the 2018 NHL Draft to right the ship. The Blackhawks are picking inside the top 10 of the NHL Draft for the first time since selecting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007.

The Blackhawks are in a transitional period, with the era of talent that won three Stanley Cups on the back half of the bell curve in their careers. Rocky Wirtz already acknowledged changes could be coming and noted "nothing lasts forever."

Promising young talent from the 2018-19 season, like Alex DeBrincat, are keeping hopes of extending this era of hockey dominance alive. Armed with two first round picks in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks could help solidify the franchise's chances of competing for Stanley Cups for years to come if they land a top talent.

There were rumors that the Blackhawks could explore draft day trades, but general manager Stan Bowman said the team wasn't actively looking to make a trade but wouldn't pass up a great offer or opportunity. The Blackhawks hope to find a future star at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the Stars.

NHL Draft Information

When: June 22-23
Where: American Airlines Center (Dallas)
Network: NBCSN
Live stream: NBCSports
Social media: @NBCSBlackhawks 
On-Site Reporters: Pat Boyle (@BoyleNBCS), Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis)

Round 1 Information

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
TV Network: NBCSN
Live stream: NBCSports

Round 2-7 Information

Start Time: 10:00 a.m. CT
TV Network: NHL Network

2018 NHL Draft Order

1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Carolina Hurricanes
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. Ottawa Senators
5. Arizona Coyotes
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Vancouver Canucks
8. Chicago Blackhawks
9. New York Rangers
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. New York Islanders
12. New York Islanders
13. Dallas Stars
14. Philadelphia Flyers
15. Florida Panthers
16. Colorado Avalanche
17. New Jersey Devils
18. Columbus Blue Jackets
19. Philadelphia Flyers
20. Los Angeles Kings
21. San Jose Sharks
22. Ottawa Senators
23. Anaheim Ducks
24. Minnesota Wild
25. Toronto Maple Leafs
26. New York Rangers
27. Chicago Blackhawks*
28. New York Rangers
29. St. Louis Blues
30. Detroit Red Wings
31. Washington Capitals

*-Acquired from Nashville in Ryan Hartman Trade

Blackhawks' 2018 NHL Draft Picks

The Blackhawks have eight overall picks in the NHL Draft, two in the first round. Chicago's second pick in the first round, at 27th overall, came from the Nashville Predators in the Ryan Hartman trade. The Blackhawks have two third-round picks, one from Nashville and one from the Washington Capitals (from Toronto) in the Michael Kempny trade.

Chicago doesn't have a second round pick because they traded it to the Montreal Canadiens in February 2016 alongside Phillip Danault for Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise. The Blackhawks traded a fourth-round pick to Dallas with Mark McNeill in February 2017 for Johnny Oduya, and added a fourth-round pick from Nashville in the Hartman deal. 

The Blackhawks' fifth-round pick comes from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Artemi Panarin trade, that also brought Brandon Saad to Chicago. Panarin has told Columbus he is not ready to consider an extension, putting Panarin back on the trade block.

Rd. 1: No. 8

Rd. 1: No. 27 via Nashville

Rd. 3: No. 69 overall

Rd. 3: No. 87 overall via Washington from Toronto

Rd. 4: No. 120 overall via Nashville

Rd. 5: No. 142 overall via Columbus

Rd. 6: No. 163 overall

Rd. 7: No. 193 overall

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