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Raffi Torres receives mixed reception from Sharks fans

Apr 7, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

People often describe certain polarizing players as the kind of guys you hate … until they’re on your team. It looks like some San Jose Sharks fans aren’t really on board with that idea regarding Raffi Torres just yet.

The Mercury News’ David Pollak reports that the notorious hitter received a mixture of boos and cheers in his first home game with the team.

There isn’t video of his reaction, so let’s assume that he made this face upon hearing the disapproval:

source: AP

Earlier this week, many wondered if fans would embrace the 31-year-old pest. Some likely still remember this hit he delivered on former San Jose winger Milan Michalek in the 2006 playoffs:

While the team is embracing his inclusion – at least on the record – it appears that some fans either haven’t forgiven him for that hit or are holding his array of other questionable moments (including an infamous check on Marian Hossa) against him.

There’s plenty of time for him to endear himself to Sharks fans, however … which could mean upsetting yet another opposing fan base in the process.

  1. JoeAvg - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Wow what a mug shot!

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Hearing what he said about san jose and watching his play so far. I am mutual about him.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Torres is a liability. Bad move Sharks

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Defo can’t take a Blackhawks comment seriously #bias much

      • awade9233 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Can you ever take a blackhawks comment seriously? #bandwagon much

  4. sheckyrimshot - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    always good to get ironclad, groundbreaking reactions from veritable sources like @nuggetsauce.

  5. kitshky - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I’d have taken Torres in a heartbeat, he’s a beast and he’s had an incredible year since being back. If (and I don’t think its that much of an “if”) he continues to play on the right side of the line he’s exactly the kind of player you want for the playoffs.

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