Video: Raffi Torres Hit On Marian Hossa – Cheap Shot or Clean Hit?

The hit on Marian Hossa by cheap shot artist and repeat offender Raffi Torres apparently was viewed differently in Phoenix by their announcers, especially former goon/pest color analyst Tyson Nash.


Clearly there is a disconnect exhibited here by Tyson Nash.

Nash: “That is as clean of a hit as you are going to get” and “I don’t have a problem with this; he comes in, he explodes through that hit, and hits him with the left shoulder.”

Perhaps Nash needs to stop drinking the Coyote Kool-aid and realize when he see a cheap shot and illegal hit, he should call it. Better yet, the Coyotes should suspend him from the broadcast booth.

On the Blackhawks broadcast, Eddie Olczyk called for a minimum 10-game suspension after viewing the illegal hit. Nash calls it a clean hit. You can decide for yourself by the video if this was clean or not, but it seems clear there was intent to injure and hurt Hossa by Torres.

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Update: Tyson Nash says he’s received “death threats” since stating a hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres on Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was “as clean of a hit as you’re going to get.”

“You have to love the Twitter world,” Nash told “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 on Wednesday morning. “I had a few people mentioning they’ll be meeting me for breakfast, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Nash said he told Coyotes personnel about the threats.

“I mentioned it to our guy,” Nash said. “It’s fine, its fine. It is what it is.”

Chicago Blackhawks’s beat reporter Jesse Rogers reports that Nash said as the fourth broadcast entity at the United Center for Game 3 on Tuesday he didn’t get a chance to see a good replay until Hawks announcer Eddie Olczyk brought him into the home television booth and showed him. Olczyk confirmed the exchange.

“I wish I didn’t say what I said,” Nash said. “You have to pick more of a middle ground. When you see Hossa lying there longer and longer you say ‘Oh jeez, let’s really take a closer look at this.’ I thought he was going to get right back up, obviously that wasn’t the case.”


About Jim McGrew

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Jim lives in the Chicago area and is married with 2 children.


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