ST. LOUIS --
Not only are the St. Louis Blues
dealing with the suspension of defenseman Ian Cole
, but the Phoenix Coyotes
are dealing with a suspension of their own.
Winger Raffi Torres
, considered a repeat offender, was suspended by the NHL for an illegal hit on Minnesota Wild
defenseman Nate Prosser
in Saturday's 4-2 victory by the Coyotes. Torres received a two-game ban, which begins tonight in St. Louis.
"It's a fine line," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett
said. "Raffi has to play the game kind of with an edge. There's two or three games in a row or two or three hits (the NHL) thought were getting close to borderline.
"I talked to Raffi this morning. We need him to play hard, we need him to play determined like that. I guess there's a fine line that he has to walk. He knows when he goes into a game to do the best he can for the group. He's got to be a physical player. ... You have to try not to hit anybody in the head."
As Torres was being suspended for the hit on Saturday, he also received the maximum $2,500 fine for a hit to Colorado's Jan Hejda
from a game on Dec. 29.