San Jose winger Raffi Torres has missed every single game of the Sharks’ season due to a 41-game suspension that he was hit with following a dangerous hit on Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg in the pre-season. Torres’ suspension is nearly up, but the 34-year-old might not be in San Jose’s lineup come game 42.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz, Torres had a “procedure” on his right knee recently, and the Sharks are unsure whether or not he’ll be able to get back into the lineup when his suspension comes to a close on Jan. 14.
It could have been expected that Torres would need additional surgery, though. In early December, Kurz reported Torres would be welcomed back by the Sharks and coach Peter DeBoer when the 41-game suspension ended, but DeBoer mentioned a potential knee issue.
“The clock is running. We’re getting closer,” DeBoer told Kurz. “He has good days and bad days. He’s still dealing a little bit with his injury from before. I think that’s probably the best way I can put it.”
Torres has a long history of problems with his right knee, including a season lost entirely on the injured reserve in 2014-15. Since signing in San Jose a three-year, $6-million extension with the Sharks in June 2013, Torres has played a total of 28 games.
When Torres has been healthy, he’s been suspended. In May 2013, Torres was handed a six-game ban as the Sharks lost their second-round series to the Los Angeles Kings. The 2015-16 season was supposed to be Torres’ comeback, but his hit on Silfverberg has sidelined him for the entire campaign thus far.
That said, should Torres be able to get back into action, the Sharks seem ready to throw him back into the lineup as soon as possible.
“Raffi is a guy that can help us,” DeBoer told Kurz in early December. “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.”
Torres has 137 goals and 260 points in 635 career games. He has also racked up 497 penalty minutes in stints with the Islanders, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Canucks and Coyotes. Torres was selected by the Islanders fifth overall at the 2000 draft.