Zawaski: Retaliation Not The Answer For Hawks

April 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Zawaski: Retaliation Not The Answer For Hawks
By Jay Zawaski-

" Hawks nation is angry.

(Most of) the hockey world is angry.  Yesterday on the 670 The Score, the common theme of the callers was “revenge.”  What Raffi Torres did is inexcusable…especially for a guy with such a record of dirty play and outright disregard for his opponents or their well being.  He’s a bad guy, and I have (some) faith that Brendan Shanahan will bring down the hammer on this punk.

The Blackhawks would be wise to leave revenge to the powers that be.  Not only is violence, physicality, and goonery not their game, but they can’t afford to get in to an “eye for an eye” situation.  If Brandon Bollig runs Shane Doan, maybe Keith Yandle runs Patrick Kane.  If Brent Seabrook runs Keith Yandle, then maybe Paul Bissonnette runs Jonathan Toews.  Then what?  Where does that leave your franchise?  No one knows the severity of Marian Hossa’s injury.  The news, so far, seems to be better than expected.  Who knows how many big hits Jonathan Toews can absorb before he needs to consider calling it quits?

The risk / reward of retaliation is simply not worth it "

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