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Raffi Torres appealing length of 25-game suspension

Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.

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Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is appealing the length of his 25-game suspension.



Torres was penalized last month after landing a late blindside hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.



Torres and the NHL Players' Association will meet with league commissioner Gary Bettman about the length of the suspension, but not the ban itself.

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The NHLPA says there's no date set for the meeting, although the collective bargaining agreement stipulates the commissioner "will endeavour to rule promptly on any such appeal."



Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher in Game 3 and didn't return to the first-round series Chicago eventually lost in six games.



Torres was handed the longest suspension since New York Islanders forward Chris Simon's 30-game suspension in December 2007.





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