Looks like Coach MacTavish has put his foot down and benched Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll. TSN doesn't mention any dissension from Wednesday night, but what else is one to deduce from sitting out two players that haven't been benched since anytime that I can remember?
If it's true that either player was complaining about playing with Stortini, I don't think it's a big deal. But it's also not the right thing to do. Would they be wrong however? Nope.
This year fans love to hate Raffi Torres and Jarret Stoll, but who exactly is supposed to replace these guys on the ice? Liam Reddox? JF Jacques? Torres is a plus even-strength player (and was one of last year's few even-strength bright spots) and in some games this year he was the best player on the ice. Stoll has had a rough start, but he's picked up his game as of late, (last Wednesday's third period notwithstanding) with 9 of his 12 points coming in the last four weeks. Meanwhile, according to Behind the Net, Zack Stortini is facing the toughest competition, with a -1.85 rating, the worst on the Oilers' active roster. Something is not right here.