Raffi Torres has shut himself down for the remainder of the season.
The 34-year-old, who had knee surgery in December, was limited to just six games this season with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda.
Torres was suspended for 41 games in October.
“In consultation with my agent and my doctors, I have made the decision that I will not be playing professional hockey for the remainder of the season,” Torres said in a statement. “Recently, I underwent yet another medical procedure, and I need more time to recover and heal from it.”
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Torres is not retiring.
Since his suspension in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Torres has appeared in just 56 NHL games. He’s also been suspended for 68 games, per TSN Research.
“Up to this point in my career, I have always aggressively pushed my recovery timelines to come back as quickly as possible from injury,” Torres said. “However, after this most recent procedure, I want to give myself the proper amount of rest and recovery time so that my body can completely heal. I believe that this approach is the best course of action at this point in order to attempt to resume my career.”
“I want to thank the Sharks and Barracuda organizations, along with all of my teammates, for their support during my time with the Club.”
Torres, who is property of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will become an unrestricted free-agent in July as his three-year, $6 million contract expires this summer.
In 635 career games Torres has 137 goals, 260 points and 497 penalty minutes.