LOS ANGELES -- Raffi Torres can relate to what another crossing-the-line player who has tried to clean up his game is going through with Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke facing an NHL suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

"It's one of those things," the Sharks forward said. "I'm sure he felt brutal in that moment last night, thinking, `What did I just do, all that work goes down the drain.' He'll take what he gets and I'm sure he'll be back being an effective player for them in the future.''

Torres, of course, was suspended for the duration of the Sharks series with the Los Angeles Kings a year ago for an illegal hit that knocked Jarrett Stoll out of the next six games with an upper body injury. The Avalanche has said Barrie will be out the next four to six weeks.

Like Torres, Cooke has a history of bad hits and has been previously suspended by the NHL. Both have tried to avoid the dangerous plays that earned them their reputations.

"I think he's done a heck of a job the last couple of seasons to re-establish his game," Torres said, responding to questions after the Sharks morning skate. "But with the media getting involved and especially social media, they make him out to be a serial killer. It's kind of painful when you have to read that kind of stuff. I'm sure his family and close friends have to read that kind of stuff.''

As far as the hit on Barrie, Torres said "it's just one of those plays. He's locked in, it's like (Brent) Seabrook, it's tough to pull out. I don't think he's trying to hurt a man like that."

The NHL has scheduled a Wednesday afternoon disciplinary hearing for Cooke in New York. That means he, like Torres a year ago, could be in line for a suspension of five games or more.