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Sharks’ Torres: ‘My past isn’t on my side’

Sep 18, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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Much like Matt Cooke has (arguably) done, San Jose Sharks hitter Raffi Torres hopes to walk the line that he’s gone over many times in his NHL career.

The controversial 31-year-old winger told the Mercury News stated that he’s focusing on “stick-on-the-puck first and then kind of rubbing the guy out” rather than zeroing in on a huge check to separate a player from the puck.

After all, he’s well aware that he probably won’t get the benefit of the doubt.

“My past isn’t on my side,” Torres said. “For me it’s going to be about just focusing on keeping my feet on the ice and try not to clip guys from the side.”

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan insists that he doesn’t want the fearsome checker “backed off,” but he also wants Torres “to do it the proper way.”

That can be easier said than done, considering the speed of the NHL game.

While Torres’ past does indeed work against him in some ways, he did point out one way that history of violence could benefit the Sharks.

“Hopefully I’ll be in other guys’ heads, you never know,” Torres said. “I’m sure everybody thinks that maybe today’s the day he throws that big hit again, and he’s going to get in trouble.”

That’s bad for Torres’ ability to avoid suspensions, yet it might just open up some ice for his more talented teammates and make him a desirable asset.

  1. pxland - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    So… You are planning to be in your opponents head because you COULD do something dirty? Makes sense.

    • Anoesis - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Agree. Says his past isn’t on his side, then uses that reputation as a veiled threat. So how does that make him a different player?

      • bauxjangles - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        He’s not. He said that he was going to TRY not to clip guys from the side. He has to actively try to not be a dirty player.

  2. pwt3 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Guy doesn’t belong in the NHL.

    • ntvd7 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      He can be incredibly effective player when he’s focused…

      • bauxjangles - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        So was Ted Kaczynski when he focused on math

      • hawkeytown - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        He’s a punk.

  3. withseidelinn - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    All controversy aside, he is actually a decent player.

  4. thailer35 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Miss him in PHX.

  5. blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    DEAD MAN WALKING ?

    Hessler: Tiger One to Tiger two … blow that piece of junk off the bridge !

    Tiger Two: consider it done comrade …

  6. fusionix7 - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    We can’t just ignore this quote “stick-on-the-puck first and then kind of rubbing the guy out.” It’s unintentional but it’s awesome.

    I agree that Torres needs to focus on the puck, but I’m pretty sure his significant other can take care of that other aspect.

    • bauxjangles - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I was wondering the same thing, he would put his on and off ice antics in the same sentence. Confuses things….

  7. bikesgonewild - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    …honestly glad you’re back here as a shark, raffi…ya, you’re a tough guy with a reputation but you’re also a damn solid hockey player…
    …i personally think shanny owes you one for his ruling on the stolle hit, but i doubt the league will give you much leeway, so stick to the basics…
    …lotta sharks fans weren’t too sure about management bringing you in last season but coach throws you into a shootout in your 2nd game wearing teal & in putting away the winner, you put away a lotta your doubters…bravo…

    • bauxjangles - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I’m sure Torres read that so don’t worry, that didn’t just read as weird

  8. pirovash88 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Give it up Torres, the only future you’ve got is in a prison cell.

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