The NHL handed Raffi Torres a 41-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg.
The NHL’s press release read: “Torres has been suspended 41 games without pay for interference and an illegal check to the head against [Silfverberg].” Torres will forfeit over $440K as a result of the suspension. Torres had just worked himself back from two knee surgeries, but he will now have to wait half of the season before he plays again.
Torres will not undergo a second surgery to repair a knee injury suffered in September 2013.
Torres' knee injury kept him out of all but 12 regular season and playoff games last year. In August, general manager Doug Wilson said a second surgery would be needed because of an infection that required the removal of the first ACL replacement. Now, however, everyone involved has decided that Torres will take a different approach in returning to the ice.The team did not set a timetable for Torres's return, though Wilson indicated that it should be less than if the veteran forward had undergone a second operation.
Torres will likely rest with former Maple Leaf Mike Brown getting in the lineup. Torres has three goals and two assists with a plus-4 rating in five games coming off of a torn ACL which cost him four months. Monitor his status in the pre-game warmups.
Sharks forward Raffi Torres underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee Thursday morning, taking a player who helped San Jose turn its season around last spring out of the lineup for months.
General Manager Doug Wilson would not offer an estimate as to how many games Torres would miss but recovery from the procedure he underwent usually takes from three to five months. That could push Torres's return until after the NHL's break for the 2014 Winter Olympics in mid-February.
Sharks forward Raffi Torres will likely miss a minimum of six weeks, and possibly much longer, after suffering an ACL injury in his right knee on Friday. According to general manager Doug Wilson, the Sharks have not made any final determination as to whether Torres will have surgery. That decision will be made at some point this week, depending on the damage. If he does have surgery, he would miss three-to-four months.
The vacancy in the lineup left by Torres is a significant one, as the six-foot, 215-pound wing appeared set to play on Logan Couture’s line with Patrick Marleau, or Joe Pavelski’s line with Tommy Wingels. His injury makes it all the more likely rookie Tomas Hertl will start the season on the NHL roster, and could open the door for the club to sign Anthony Stewart, who is in camp on a tryout.
Raffi Torres showed the San Jose Sharks during his short stint both the attributes that make him a valuable player and the negatives of his suspension-filled history that sidelined him for the final six games of the playoffs. General manager Doug Wilson decided that the rewards outweighed the risks, signing Torres to a $6-million US, three-year deal Thursday that prevents him becoming an unrestricted free agent July 5.
Torres hit Kings forward Jarret Stoll last night and injured Stoll on the play. The hit did not look too bad but Torres has a history of suspensions, I think we all remember his 25-game suspension last season for his hit on Marian Hossa.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for 25 games for launching himself to deliver a late hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa during Game 3 of the teams' Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series in Chicago on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Clearly a statement made by Shanahan on the Coyotes' forward. Torres has already served one game of the suspension and the rest will carry over to next season.