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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Torres has appeal hearing in New York

By Pierre LeBrun

Raffi Torres had his appeal hearing with commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday.

A league source said it’s not clear exactly when Bettman will render his decision, saying the commissioner would take whatever time is necessary to appropriately evaluate the evidence and argument he heard Thursday.

Torres, a repeat offender, was suspended 25 games for his first-round, Game 2 hit on Marian Hossa.

The NHLPA on May 3 announced it was appealing the suspension on behalf of Torres.