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Raffi Torres | Winger | #13

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/8/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (5) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Raffi Torres has cleared waivers.
Torres didn't play a single game last season because of a torn ACL, and a 41-game suspension combined with some lingering knee issues have kept him out this year too. He's expected to stay with the San Jose's AHL team for now. His days as an everyday NHL player might be over. Jan 30 - 1:48 PM

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Raffi Torres has been placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks.

Torres has spent most of the season to date on the sidelines as he served a 41-game suspension. He didn't play once he was eligible to return from it though due to knee problems. Most recently he was in the minors on a conditioning stint.
Jan 29 - 12:39 PM

Raffi Torres (knee) took part in AHL San Jose's practice on Thursday.

Torres is on an AHL conditioning stint, but he was briefly shutdown due to a setback. This might be an indication that he's back on course now.
Jan 21 - 1:31 PM

Raffi Torres (knee) has suffered a minor setback while on his AHL conditioning assignment.

Torres missed an AHL game on Monday and Tuesday's practice as a result. He's completed his 41-game suspension, but his availability going forward remains uncertain due to his knee problems.
Jan 20 - 6:12 PM

Raffi Torres has been assigned to the minors on a conditioning stint.

He has finished serving his 41-game suspension and will see his first action of the season in the minors. "We're proud of how hard Raffi has worked over the last four months to continue to rehab from his injury," said coach Peter DeBoer referring to Torres' knee issue. "We know Raffi can be a very effective player for our team and this assignment will allow him to get back into game shape."
Jan 13 - 5:31 PM

Raffi Torres is not on the trip with the Sharks, so it's unlikely that he'll play Thursday when he is eligible to return from his suspension.

Including Monday's contest against Calgary, Torres has two games left to serve on his 41-game suspension. Torres has been skating, but he hasn't made it through a full practice yet.
Jan 11 - 6:45 PM

Raffi Torres (knee) might end up playing when he's eligible to return from his suspension on Jan. 14, but that's not set in stone.

A key sign will be if Torres accompanies San Jose on its upcoming two-game road trip. Although he's not eligible to play in either of those games, it would give him an opportunity to continue to work with the team. If he stays behind during that trip, then odds are that he will also miss Thursday's contest. Either way, Torres is reporting that his knee has been feeling better on a daily basis.
Jan 11 - 6:04 AM

Raffi Torres' future remains unclear even as his 41-game suspension nears its end.

Torres will be eligible to return on Jan. 14, but his knee issues remain a concern. "Personally, I expect to go out there and I want to be pain-free and play," Torres said. "But, the reality is there are some hurdles. If I can get over them and get over the hump, I still feel like I can be effective in this league. But, if I don’t, then it’s obviously time to think about some other things." Torres can't predict how he's going to feel on a long-term basis given the state of his knee. He used Monday as an example as he felt he had a good day on the ice, but ended up being sore for the remainder of the day. He went to sleep uncertain if he'd be able to skate Tuesday, but he ended up partially participating in the Sharks' practice.
Jan 6 - 11:41 AM

Raffi Torres (suspended) resumed skating on Tuesday after undergoing knee surgery on Dec. 11.

Torres' procedure was to deal with some scar tissue on his previously surgically repaired knee. He's eligible to return from his 41-game suspension on Jan. 14, but he might not be healthy enough to play right away.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 08:09:00 AM

When Raffi Torres' 41-game suspension ends, he will likely be welcomed back by the San Jose Sharks.

Torres was suspended for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg, but the length of his punishment is a reflection of his repeated incidents rather than this one particular event. Clearly he needs to reform and he's owned up to his mistakes, but at the same time, he's already gotten so many second chances. However, it seems he will get yet another. "Raffi is a guy that can help us," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. "If he’s healthy, he can help us. I don’t think Doug [Wilson] or I differ on that opinion. But, we’ve got to see where he’s at." Where he's at refers to the fact that Torres has also been dealing with an injury, presumably related to his surgically repaired knee.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Raffi Torres is disappointed in himself.

Torres is serving a 41-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg. The length of his punishment is reflective of his long history of supplemental discipline. "I’m a culprit," Torres said. "I’m the guy that keeps making mistakes. This one stung. Not that the last ones didn’t, but it’s tough." The fact that Torres openly admits to his mistakes is a positive, but it remains to be seen whether he can stay out of trouble once he returns. Unfortunately his track record makes us skeptical.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 05:20:00 PM

The San Jose Sharks are not rising to the defense of Raffi Torres.

Torres will serve a 41-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg. "The Sharks organization fully supports the NHL’s supplementary discipline decision regarding Raffi," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "While we do not believe there was any malicious intent, this type of hit is unacceptable and has no place in our game. There is a difference between playing hard and crossing the line and there is no doubt, in this instance, Raffi crossed that line. We’re very thankful that Jakob was not seriously injured as a result of this play." Torres has already stated that he will not appeal his suspension.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Raffi Torres has confirmed that he won't appeal his suspension.

Torres will miss 41 games after delivering an illegal check to the head to Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg. While the hit itself is bad, the length of his suspension reflects his long suspension history rather than this single incident. "I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL's Department of Player Safety," he said. "I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization."
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:34:00 PM

Raffi Torres will reportedly not appeal his 41-game suspension.

Torres is technically being punished for his illegal check to the head and interference against Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg, but it would likely be more accurate to say that he's being punished for making the same mistake over and over again. After all, it's not his hit on Silfverberg that alone earned him a 41-game suspension, it's his long suspension history that caused this. If he doesn't appeal, then he'll be eligible to return on Jan. 14.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 10:38:00 AM

The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Raffi Torres for 41 games for an illegal check to the head and interference on Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty in the preseason game on the play. He has been involved in numerous head hits over his career. The video in the link mentioned that Torres has been warned, suspended or fined nine previous times, mostly for illegal checks to the head. He won't be eligible to play until Jan. 14 against Edmonton, but of course he can appeal the suspension.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:34:00 PM

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