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Will Sharks, fans, embrace old nemesis Raffi Torres?

Apr 5, 2013, 9:05 AM EST

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Raffi Torres‘ physical style and suspension history have made him some enemies over his career and the San Jose Sharks are certainly one of the teams he has a rocky past with, dating back to his high hit on Milan Michalek in the 2006 playoffs.

Now that the Sharks have acquired Torres, the question is if his new teammates will warm up to him. Torres obviously hopes so.

“I know if it was the other way around, I’d want some of these guys on my team, whether I liked them or not throughout my career,” Torres said in a CSN Bay Area report. “There are some great players in this room, and I’m just here to do my job and help out. I’m not looking to step on any toes or cause any conflict, I just want to do my job, have some fun and win some games.”

For his part, Sharks captain Joe Thornton “was pretty happy, actually” to hear that Torres would be joining the team.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan is looking for Torres to “continue to use what his strengths are” without crossing the line.

The Sharks will play on Friday, but because they’re on a six-game winning streak, McLellan cautioned that Torres might be scratched rather than make his debut. That may give him more time to learn the Sharks’ system, although the 31-year-old forward doesn’t seem to be embracing that idea.

“You can talk systems to me, but I kind of do my own thing out there sometimes. It’s probably cost me a lot of minutes and playing time, but we’ll go over some things, for sure,” Torres said. “It’s all about trying to keep things simple. When I start thinking too much out there, that’s when it starts to go south.”

Meanwhile, how the Sharks fans feel about Torres is another question mark, as CSN discusses in the video below:

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Maybe they can luck out like the Blackhawk fans did with Carcillo and see him off the ice for almost a calendar year?

  2. Sean J - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I was hoping that dirty playing low-life would end up in the Eastern Conference so the Blues wouldn’t be in even more danger of getting cheap-shot when they play San Jose. Oh well.

  3. spyder00798 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Seems like an odd and unnecessary acquisition for them.

    Go Bruins.

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Sean J dont even start with that crap. The blues were/are just as “dirty” as the sharks when they play each other.

    As for Torres I already don’t like the fact that he doesn’t feel he needs to learn the system. He should be happy he is still in the league. If the players are OK with it then I guess I don’t mind. I still think this was a stupid pick up by Wilson. A terrible Clowe replacement.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Completely agreed. It’s happening less often now that they’ve got some talent, but even two years ago, if they fell down a couple goals, they’d start running at people: best case, they knock someone out for a shift or two, worst case they draw an instigator.

    • joelwrobinson - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Fire Doug Wilson!

  5. wisbadgers - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Just keep telling yourself, “It’s only 12 games, it’s only 12 games”.

    I was hoping he’d go to Chicago so Chicago fans would be forced to swallow their true feelings on him.
    At least now he’ll have a chance to finish what was started with Chicago in the playoffs.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      See you there muthafuggaaahhh

    • eglsfan - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      @wisbadgers

      You & Torres are both douche nuggets

      • hasekneverretires - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        @egisfan

        Why is wisbadgers a douche? Cause he’s not a Blackhawks fan? Cause he doesn’t seem to dispise Torres?
        I guess you’d prefer everyone thought and acted just like you, wouldn’t that be fun???

        Also, I thought only jerk offs used the word douche?

        Keep speaking your mind Wisbadgers. Don’t conform to the opinions of others. That’s what makes freedom of speech so great. You can speak your mind without persecution (well, besides egisfan, that is)!!!

  6. lunchboxray - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I wouldn’t want him on my Blackhawks, even if the Hossa hit never took place. He’s too much of liability and its kinda sad he has skills, he was 20+ goal scorer when he with the Oilers for a couple seasons.

  7. pandorasdadca - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    He’s that kinda guy you love on your team, but HATE when he’s on another team. Not that different from Bill Romanowski in the NFL.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      There are a lot of guys like that in the NHL.

      He is most definitely not one of them.

      P.S. Same goes for Romanowski.

    • 19to77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      The hell he is. I hated him as much on my Canucks as I do everywhere else. He’s a bad player and a bad person and he feels entitled to hurt people instead of playing the game. Doesn’t matter if he plays for my team or not, he’s still a jerkoff.

  8. 19to77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    “It’s all about trying to keep things simple. When I start thinking too much out there, that’s when it starts to go south.”

    That explains a lot, Raffi.

  9. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I expected a little more hatred coming from this post. If Jumbo can forgive, don’t forget he separated Joe’s shoulder on a CLEAN hit, so can I. If he becomes a distraction in the locker room, where’s it’s more about him than the team like J.R., then he gots ta go.
    P.S. I hear Wilson is trying to sign Belfour!

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