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Sharks re-sign Torres: three years, $6 million

Jun 20, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT


San Jose agreed to terms with forward Raffi Torres on a three-year contract extension, the club announced on Thursday.

“We are very excited to bring Raffi back to the San Jose Sharks,” said GM Doug Wilson Wilson. “He competes hard in all three zones and brought a lot of ingredients to our line-up last season.

“We think he is a great fit for our club moving forward.”

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $6 million, carrying an average annual cap hit of $2 million, a nice bump from his two-year, $3.5 million deal that was set to expire on July 5.

Torres, 31, was acquired by San Jose at the trade deadline and proceeded to appear in 11 regular season games, scoring six points while racking up 38 hits.

In the playoffs, Torres had an effective first round against Vancouver, scoring the winning OT tally in Game 2 while registering 18 hits.

But then — as it often does with Torres — controversy struck.

He was suspended for the duration of the Western Conference semifinals against Los Angeles after hitting Kings forward Jarret Stoll in the head.

The Sharks jumped to Torres defense following the suspension announcement, calling the decision “grossly unfair.” That earned the organization a stiff $100,000 fine, though the actions taken by Wilson seemed to have an effect on Torres, who said he wanted to return to San Jose following its Game 7 loss to the Kings.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Way too much for 0,18G/GP or 0,46P/GP

    • einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Sometimes the paycheck isn’t about point production. I’d gladly pay the guy $2mm a year to get on the same sheet of ice as you and watch him beat you to a pulp. Well worth it

      • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Wow, what a constructive idea, unfortunately YOU don’t pay him.

        However, I stay with my arguments: 2 million for a thug is way too much, and for a scorer he scores way too less, therefore is payed too much.
        Look at the 3rd/4th line big boys in the SCF: they score more, intimidate more/check harder/cleaner and are often payed less.
        But go ahead, pay your players for their faithful dog look instead of the production, and wait a little much longer for your first cup or even sniff at it.

      • einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        I’m not a Sharks fan, or a statistician like you’re pretending to be because you have an internet connection. It’s not your money or your team, why so butt mad?

  2. billyhauntswizards - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    for what he brings to the table this is a steal for the Sharks. Wilson continues to impress me

  3. kingcobraman - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    hard nosed player with a very big mean streak ,good signing for the sharks bad news for the other teams… keep ur head up…

  4. hammerhead5573 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Yup “great fit for our team” all the way up to the point he gets suspended again. The definition of a hard nosed player does not mention headhunter, anywhere. But hey good signing by a team constantly being booted out of the playoffs due lack of offense.

  5. iwillfindyou - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    One of these days this dirty sob will really hurt someone bad. His days are numbered. How in the world does this guy keep getting signed? All he does is head hunt. Good luck San Jose. You’ll need it with this turd.

    • Eric Broz - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      You mean “one of these days” like April 6, 2011, when he took Jordan Eberle’s head off? (4 games)
      You mean “one of these days” like Dec 29, 2011, when he hit Jan Hejda high? ($2,500 fine)
      You mean “one of these days” like Dec 31, 2011, when he hit Nate Prosser high? (2 games)
      You mean “one of these days” like April 18, 2012, when he destroyed Marian Hossa? (21 games)
      You mean “one of these days” like May 15, 2013, when he concussed Jarret Stoll? (6 games)

      Yeah, one of these days.

  6. skarfacci - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    When he is on the ice the opposition takes notice. That is invaluable in hockey. The stars play differently against Torres. They are aware. Their game changes. It becomes tentative. Bc they know a ‘light up’ may be on its way.

  7. pirovash88 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Sharks are gonna want their money back when this guy gets booted from the NHL for head hunting. Have fun in the KHL or prison Torres.

    • guyfawkes16051105 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      My guess is they won’t be stuck with the contract, but they should be. They should also be stuck with the lost bench position. For example, the next time he tries to kill someone, his team should lose the 20th spot on the bench along with his “services.”

  8. sjsharks66 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Very happy about this signing. With Murray and Clowe gone the Sharks need someone who is a physical presence on the ice.

  9. comeonnowguys - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Burish + Torres = Best of luck with that.

  10. bigtganks - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    And gillis didn’t want to commit to two years, but just a one year contract, after the 2011 SCF. Raffi will now have played five years at least post Canucks. Good job GMMG. (Ugh)

  11. tripps3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Hope you penalty kill is solid

  12. dropthepuckeh - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    So $2 million a year means about $25k per game which means he forfeits about $500k when he gets suspended for 20 games.

    • pirovash88 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM


    • guyfawkes16051105 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      That should, of course, count against the cap.

  13. mrpinkca - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Bottom six scoring and fear into opposing teams. Assuming he avoids the Shanahammer this is a great signing.

    • guyfawkes16051105 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Fear of having one of your best players injured by a cheap shot.

  14. guyfawkes16051105 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Hmm…it’s probably worth two million a pop to injure whoever is most convenient in the playoffs.

  15. northstarnic - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Torres is a d-bag and a nice fit for the perennial disappointment from San Jose. Bums.

  16. ilikejay - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I am mad personally because he shows no sign of letting up. He is not playing hockey, he is a psychopath. And to pay him $6m is one thing, but to guarantee 3 more years of his bull is unfair to the rest of the league that has to cringe in his presence. Look at the SCF going on right now, hard hitting but legal, and no real cheap shots to opposing star players. Torres is a goon and belongs in the UFC.

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