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Torres (ACL) could return to Sharks lineup before Olympics

Jan 30, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT


Sounds like Raffi Torres has a chance to make his season debut prior to the NHL’s Olympic break.

From CSN Bay Area:

Torres said he will “maybe” play before the Olympic break, and has skated every day for a week. Torres has not played this season, since undergoing right knee surgery after tearing his ACL in a preseason game on Sep. 20.

Torres, 32, inked a three-year, $6 million extension with the Sharks this past summer. He proved to be a valuable asset for the organization despite being suspended for the length of San Jose’ second-round playoff series against the Kings, after a high hit on L.A. forward Jarret Stoll.

Aside from that suspension, Torres was a key contributor. He had six points in 11 regular-season games after the Sharks acquired him from Phoenix at the ’13 trade deadline, and scored the Game 2 OT winner against Vancouver in the opening playoff round.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Great news!

    • sjsharks86 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Seriously, it couldn’t come at a better time, esp. since I think TK might be out now.

      • gandallk - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        who is TK?

  2. rdurk86 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Super valuable sitting on Level 9 for an entire series.

  3. itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    He should just quit. The NHL is better off without him. We don’t needs players careers in jeopardy with this cheap shot artist on the ice

    • thailer35 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Brown still plays, why can’t Torres?

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Sharks fans don’t want to hear this, but there is a whole level of difference between the two. (That said, I, too, find it odd how Brown’s evaded serious punishment to this point.)

        But Raffi has a history of doing the exact same type of hit, no matter how many times he get in trouble for it. Yes, I do expect the other shoe to drop with the Sharks, unless this injury has hindered his ability to blindside people high.

      • itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        lol. comparing brown to torres is like comparing night to day or apples to oranges. two completely different things. just cause you’re a near sighted nor cal sharks fan you just can’t see what a cheap shot artist torres is

      • itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        and comeonnowguys, who cares what sharks fans want or don’t want to hear. they’re sharks fans and us kings fans could less about what they think. and probably vice versa. we don’t like each other and that’s that

      • thailer35 - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Yeah… Not a Sharks fan. But you keep thinking Brown is a clean player and a good captain. His due will come.

    • sfissuicidal - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      so you really don’t think a player has the ability to change the way he plays?

      maybe torres will give up hockey as soon as you give up playing with yourself.

    • toesml - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Torres is not cheap, he’s a nasty, tough fast skater that will make you pay if you are not on your toes or asleep on the ice, all part of the game! Unfortunately the league frowns on it when you cleanly smash the crud out of a “star”! Not to say Torres has his list of questionable calls, but they are all up front in your face. Not cheap shot punk stuff like Dustin Brownie get away with.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Because Brown is not a dirty player, i mean he has only been suspended one time. Despite many chances to be suspended in the past.

    Torres and Cooke have drastically changed their game. Their past will always be there but thankfully now they are not like that. If My team was playing against Torres or Cooke I would not be worried about an injury coming from these two players.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      torres is not in the same boat as cooke. cooke has gone almost 3 years now (march 2011)without a suspension while torres hasnt even made it a calendar year. torres didnt even make it 50 games between his most recent and the league’s longest suspension in history. cooke has had a total of 114 penalty minutes in the past 3 seasons… in 2010-2011 alone he had 129. torres has got a long way to go before he gets lumped in with cooke.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    You are 100% correct that Torres has a long way to go. What we have seen so far is a good sign that he will reach the point Cooke has. The bad thing, is any questionable hit those two throw will be looked at under a microscope. So the same hit someone without a history throws could result in no suspension. It will different for Cooke an Torres. As we saw last year.

    Im all for giving players second chances. I may hate Dustin Brown but if he changes his game, I will accept that an happily wish him a long and healthy career. That being said I still do not wish a career ending injury to Brown. Although seeing a fight like Cooke has been involved with, would be nice. It you catch my drift.

  6. casl2 - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Dustin Brown– Master of the “Accidental” Cheap Shot. He has that knack to pretend to look the other way, clip someone “unintentionally” or accidentally get an elbow out there . . . There is no one else in the NHL with his long series of “accidents.”

  7. suckit619 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Dirty POS

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