Raffi Torres won’t be playing any NHL hockey for the rest of the 2015 calendar year as punishment for his illegal check to Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Ducks.
Torres was suspended 41 games – or half the 2015-16 season – by the NHL on Monday after an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg in Saturday’s exhibition game.
Torres, 33, may appeal his suspension to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. This is Torres’s ninth career suspension or fine for an illegal check to the head, according to the NHL.
Torres previously appealed his 25-game suspension from an April 17, 2012 playoff game in which he illegally checked Marian Hossa in the head. His sentence was reduced to 21 games. He served 13 games in the playoffs before the sentence was reduced in the summer. He served another eight at the beginning of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Torres is earning $2.125 million this season, the final year of his deal. He will forfeit $440,860.29 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. It is not half of his entire salary, since NHL players’ salaries are divided by 186 days this season, with a practice day being worth an equal amount as a game day.