The theme of the NHL season has been Rule 48.
Amid all of the great saves, amazing goals and unforgettable fights, the 2010/2011 season will be remembered as one that was focused primarily on players dishing out illegal hits to the heads of opposing players.
Yet, despite all of the talk, players continue to take liberties with the rule.
The latest offender was Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres who has been suspended by the league for delivering an elbow to the head of Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers in Tuesday’s game in Edmonton.
The tape clearly shows that Torres had no intentions of playing the puck and intentionally targeted Eberle’s head. As a result, Torres will forfeit $10,752.68 in salary and will miss the Canucks‘ final two regular season games.
Unfortunately for Vancouver, he also will be ineligible for the club’s first two playoff games.