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Raffi Torres might rejoin Sharks on Wednesday

Apr 5, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 02: Raffi Torres #13 of the San Jose Sharks in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Sharks defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

Raffi Torres has missed almost the entire season with a knee injury, but it looks like the San Jose Sharks will get him back when it matters the most.

The gritty and controversial forward participated in Friday’s optional practice and might return as early as Wednesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“I think [Anaheim] would be a good first game if we were going to play him,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “Raffi’s proven earlier that he can come back and play, and play well. … We want him in our lineup and as soon as he’s capable of playing without re-injuring and maintaining that, he’s going in.”

The possibility of him suffering a setback is likely a major concern. The 32-year-old originally returned from a torn ACL on Feb. 27. He got off to a hot start with three goals in his first two games, but he only lasted five contests before he was back on the sidelines.

“The ultimate goal is to have him 100 percent ready to go for playoffs,” McLellan said.

Rookie forward Tomas Hertl also was on the ice Friday as he prepares for a possible return during the playoffs. Getting both of them back would significantly bolster the Sharks depth as they get ready for a probable first round series against the Los Angeles Kings.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Great news! Hope he stays healthy for the playoffs.

    • mcflower29 - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      not a chance, he’ll elbow another marian-hossa out there gets suspended for another 20+ games like the POS he is.

      • skr213 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        Living in the past much? Last season, Raffi had all of 17 penalty minutes. He changed his play – otherwise the Sharks wouldn’t have kept him.

  2. johnmr12 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    As a kings fan I hope both Torres and Hertl are healthy. I don’t want to beat a team that is less than 100%. Besides, Torres is guaranteed to lead the series in penalties. His best asset is also his greatest liability. He plays with reckless abandon.

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