Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game Two

Change of plans — Torres won’t have second ACL surgery

Per CSN Bay Area, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has issued a statement on the status of injured forward Raffi Torres:

“Raffi continues to work on rehabilitating his knee and is progressing well. After additional medical examination and in consultation with his agent, Eustace King, it has been determined that Raffi will forego any additional surgery at this time. Many NHL players have previously taken the same approach to recovering from a similar injury with success. We expect Raffi to continue his rehabilitation in San Jose in the near future. There is no set timeline for Raffi’s return to game action at this time.”

Torres originally had ACL surgery in September of 2013, only for his knee to later become infected, thus necessitating the removal of the graft that had been implanted in the original operation.

The plan as of this past summer was to repeat the surgical procedure, which he was supposed to have last month, but never did.

It’s not clear why the decision was made to forego a repeat of the surgery. Perhaps Torres was wary of another infection. Or, it may be that avoiding surgery will mean a quicker return to the ice.

Torres hasn’t played since Game 7 of the Sharks’ first-round loss to the Kings in April. He only played five regular-season games in 2013-14.

The 33-year-old is signed through next season at a cap hit of $2 million.

Torres to undergo ACL surgery this month

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The ACL damage that’ll keep Raffi Torres out of the Sharks lineup for the first half of this season still hasn’t been surgically repaired, GM Doug Wilson told CSN Bay Area.

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Torres, who suffered multiple infections in his repaired knee after the 2014 playoffs, is expected to have surgery later this month.

The forward played in just five regular season games in 2013-14 after hurting the knee last September in a preseason game, and although he appeared in all seven playoff games against Los Angeles, Torres said he was “skating around pretty much on one leg.”

The 32-year-old has a history of problems with his right knee, dating back to the original ACL tear during the 2007-08 campaign (with Edmonton) which cost him the final 49 games of the season. As such, one has to wonder how long he’ll be shelved this time around — Torres had surgery late in September last season and didn’t make his debut until after the Olympic break.

After playing in five games, he was shut down again and didn’t play until the postseason.

Infection in repaired knee will delay start of Sharks’ Torres season

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The San Jose Sharks won’t be seeing Raffi Torres on the ice at the start of the new season.

The team announced Torres developed an infection in his surgically repaired right knee and had to have a procedure to remove the surgically implanted graft. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said there’s no timetable on his recovery.

“Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20, 2013,” Wilson said in the team’s press release. “We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time.”

Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports Torres could miss as much as half of the season.

Torres originally suffered his injury during preseason last year. He tore the ACL in his right knee and missed most of the season. He played in five regular season games and all seven Sharks playoff games in the first round against Los Angeles. He averaged 10:22 of ice time per game making him primarily a fourth line player. After the injury he suffered, it made sense not to give him a ton of time.

Torres says people are treating Cooke like a ‘serial killer’

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If you planned to put together a list of the NHL’s most controversial active hitters, Raffi Torres and Matt Cooke may very well jostle for the top spot. Perhaps it makes sense that Torres feels for his fellow polarizing winger, then.

The San Jose Sharks forward had an interesting analogy for how people view Cooke, as CSNBayArea.com reports.

“I think he’s done a heck of a job the last couple of seasons to re-establish his game,” Torres said. “But with the media getting involved and especially social media, they make him out to be a serial killer. It’s kind of painful when you have to read that kind of stuff. I’m sure his family and close friends have to read that kind of stuff.”

It’s interesting that Torres, 32, would make such a comparison in defending someone else. After all, when he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes, his former GM Don Maloney reacted to the outrage of Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa by saying, “You would think Raffi murdered a bus load of children the way he’s portrayed here in Chicago.” (Naturally, he would come to regret that statement.)

So, basically, one over-the-top assessment for another?

Regardless, Torres seems to empathize with Cooke’s feeling of throwing a lot of hard work away with that knee-on-knee hit with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

“I’m sure he felt brutal in that moment [Monday] night, thinking, ‘What did I just do? All that work goes down the drain,'” Torres said. “He’ll take what he gets and I’m sure he’ll be back being an effective player for them in the future.”

Here’s video of the Minnesota Wild winger’s hit on Barrie, which will reportedly sideline the Avs blueliner for four-to-six weeks:

Video: Sharks’ Brown, Torres show scoring touch

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There’s no question Mike Brown and Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks have been involved so far in this opening-round series against the L.A. Kings. They’ve mostly been dispensing heavy, punishing body checks and getting under the skin of the opposition.

Brown has, on two occasions, sent a Kings’ player into L.A.’s star goalie Jonathan Quick (here is what he did in Game 1, and here is what he did in Game 2). But in the second period of Sunday’s game, both contributed on the score sheet.

Brown got the Sharks on the board with his first of the series, cutting the Kings’ lead in half at the 4:25 mark of the second period.

Torres tied the game less than five minutes later on a perfect wrist shot that beat Quick on the blocker side. It counted as his second of the series.

Here is the Torres goal.

The Sharks, with a trio of goals in the second period, including Justin Braun’s first of the series, took a 3-2 lead into the third.