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Torres hopes to return this season, but isn’t close yet

Dec 29, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks poses for a video shoot at the SAP Center on September 19, 2013 in San Jose, California. Getty Images

San Jose forward Raffi Torres has already missed three months since he sustained an ACL injury during a preseason contest, but he won’t be able to rejoin the Sharks in the near future.

“I’m just trying to stay around 60 percent,” Torres told CSN Bay Area.

The 32-year-old has been skating in addition to his off-ice exercises, but he can’t push himself too hard without being sore for days afterwards.

He’s one of the most controversial players in the league, but he excelled with San Jose after he was acquired during the shortened campaign. He had six points and 38 hits while only accumulating four penalty minutes in 11 contests with the Sharks last season.

Torres was handed another suspension for his high hit on Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll during the 2013 playoffs, but the Sharks strongly defended him and still inked him to a three-year, $6 million contract.

He hasn’t played in a regular season contest since signing that deal, but he remains optimistic about his chances of playing this season.

“Today, yeah, I’d say I come back this year, for sure,” he said.

He just doesn’t want to make any predictions on when that might be.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Sharks cannot catch a break right now. If Torres came back as soon as Hertl went out, it would not sting as bad. This just makes it worse.

  2. vbcaps - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Been through an acl tear with a graph like he got…sh!t is no fun at all

  3. cobra617 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    He is only 60% right now. So if he were to play, his next dirty hit might only get a 6 day suspension instead of 10 days.

    Thanks folks. I am here all week. Try the veal and don’t forget to tip your server.

  4. canada2014gold - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Loved him in a nucks uniform. Great player.

  5. hawkeytown - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    This guy is a punk….enjoying the season so far because:
    A. the defending Champs are at the top of the league
    B. this punk hasn’t been on the ice.
    Good riddance…

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