The Sharks shock and surprise that Brendan Shanahan is reviewing a Raffi Torres hit is about as surprising as the Sharks surprise that Marty Havlat gets injured.
Raffi Torres hit a player, Jarrett Stoll, and that hit involved head contact.
Now, maybe, if you are not Raffi Torres, there is a benefit of the doubt.
But you're Raffi Torres, and dude you're going down. And you're going down by a lot. And your team is going to suffer.
As for whether it's a hockey play or not, I am of the opinion, that all hits to the head are not hockey plays. And that the hitter has an obligation to not make hits that can hit another player in the head. The old-school mantra that accidents happen is no longer good enough.
The thing that drives me nuts, is that back in the day we had hits to the knee. And then Cam Neely's career ended because of those hits. And then we stopped having those kinds of hits. And at the time we talked about hockey plays and accidents, but somehow we managed to eliminate those kinds of plays.
Hockey Plays evolve over time. And it's time for them to evolve one more time.