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Report: Sharks’ Torres (ACL) out ‘at least’ six weeks

Sep 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks will be without Raffi Torres for the next six weeks — and possibly more.

Torres, hurt during San Jose’s preseason home opener against Anaheim on Friday, suffered a knee injury that will likely shelve him for the first month of the season, according to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz.

Kurz also reports the “worst case” scenario could land Torres on IR for 3-4 months:

According to general manager Doug Wilson, the Sharks have not made any final determination as to whether Torres will have surgery. That decision will be made at some point this week, depending on the damage.

“We’ll let the swelling go down and get it diagnosed properly, and go from there. There are many different options to it,” Wilson said.

If Torres does have surgery, he would miss three-to-four months.

The injury occurred during the second period of a 3-2 OT loss, when Torres got tangled with Ducks forward Emerson Etem. Though Sharks head coach Todd McLellan called it “a complete accident,” the collision was forceful enough to knock Torres and Etem out of the game entirely (Torres didn’t return; Etem came out for two more shifts before calling it a night.)

Torres didn’t play in Saturday’s game, a 3-2 OT win over Phoenix.

Torres, 31, was acquired by San Jose at last year’s 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.

In June, the Sharks re-signed Torres to a three-year, $6 million deal.

  1. sjsharks66 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Great….

  2. btlpper68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Damn

  3. btlpper68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    All these preseason injuries and suspensions

  4. skr213 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Yeah yeah yeah, people can talk all they want about his rep, but this is a serious blow to the Sharks. His speed and energy were a big part of what turned the team around last season after they picked him up.

  5. bleedingteal4life - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    This just ruined our season. Hope it was worth it for those sweet sweet preseason stats.

  6. sabatimus - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Karma coming around.

  7. sjsharks66 - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Bleedingteal, i don’t think it ruined our season. It just hurts it for now. We still have TK which in my opinion is just like Torres without the reputation.

  8. kingsforever - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    All aboard the Karma train

  9. afrancis55 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    He deserves every injury he gets

  10. sharks2cup20 - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    All you people being happy about this are disgusting. Yes, I’m a Sharks fan and this is a huge blow for the team. However, to wish injury upon someone is awful. ACLs can sometimes be career threatening and even if they’re not it’s still no laughing matter.

  11. savior72 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Of all the Sharks players, I’m glad it happened to Torres. Right sjsharks66? By the way, Sobotka is doing just fine. Already back on the ice

  12. bleedingteal4life - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I just keep getting horrible flashbacks of the postseason. Makes me sad…

  13. namriverrat69 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    This so sucks. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Hopefully he will come back with no lingering effects and a quick rehab. If he’s not 100% he won’t be able to be at his best when he cheap shots the opposition so well, which really is his specialty. Get well quick Raffi! The league needs more money in fines.

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