The Sharks will be without their enforcer for a while.
According to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, San Jose Sharks’ forward Raffi Torres suffered an ACL injury in his right knee last and could be out for 3-4 months. Torres injured the knee in a collision during a preseason game on Friday against the Ducks.
However, the Sharks have not decided if Torres will undergo surgery.
“We’ll let the swelling go down and get it diagnosed properly, and go from there,” said General Manager Doug Wilson. “There are many different options to it.”
Torres signed a three year, $6 million deal with the Sharks earlier this offseason after being traded to the team in the middle of last season. He scored two goals and recorded four assists in 11 games, but provided a big spark and lots of energy that doesn’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet.
He did show his reckless side, however, as he was suspended after Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings, when he hit and injured Jarrett Stoll. The Sharks wound up losing that series in Game 7.
The injury really hurts, considering that the Sharks have been lacking an enforcer who is not afraid to make a bit hit or get physical with an opponent. Torres has made a career out of doing just that, and therefore has made many enemies around the league. Perhaps this is a bit of karma for the veteran.