December 30, 2011
On Wednesday night, Raffi Torres delivered a shoulder to the head of Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference as the two were chasing a puck down the ice. Adam McQuaid took exception to the high blow and scrapped with Torres, earning 17 minutes in penalties while the Coyotes forward got two for elbowing and five for fighting.
As pointed out in the video, Brendan Shanahan and the Dept. of Player Safety have made it clear that any late changes in body position come into play when determining supplemental discipline. While Hejda is stumbling forward after his releases the puck, and Torres can't change where he delivers the hit on the Avs defenseman, the blow comes awfully late (even as the replay is in slo-mo).
The case can be made the head wasn't targeted due to Hejda's changing body position, but the lateness of the hit, and the fact that Torres could have easily turned away from it, coupled with the Ference incident on Wednesday night should be enough to earn a phone call from Shanahan.