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Raffi Torres wants to return to San Jose

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Make no mistake about it: Raffi Torres hopes that his time with the San Jose Sharks won’t end up being short.

The 31-year-old was clear about that point to CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz, who believes the team should re-sign him.

“It’s not going to be hard to make a decision to stay here. They know I want to,” Torres said. “It’s a great group of guys in here, starting with Joe [Thornton] and right down to [Logan Couture], and the goaltending. It’s just a good group of guys, and it would be a good place to win here.”

Joe Thornton is definitely on board with Torres playing for San Jose some more.

“We hope he comes back. He’s a great player,” Thornton said. “He’s a great addition that Doug made … Just a real good guy. A good guy, a good team guy. Just a fun guy to be around, as well.”

As long as you keep your head up.

Dustin Brown: Winning is best revenge for Raffi Torres hit

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The Los Angeles Kings might not be happy with Raffi Torres’ hit on Jarret Stoll, but if you ask captain Dustin Brown, they’re not going to fight fire with fire.

Brown told the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott that they’ll seek revenge in a bigger picture way.

“The best retribution is winning games right now,” Brown said.

Considering the fact that the league might suspend Torres for Game 2 (and maybe more), the Kings might not have a chance to target the specific “culprit” for the crime anyway.

Taking unnecessary, undisciplined penalties is especially foolish during the playoffs. It appears that the defending champions are keeping that in mind (at least publicly).

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Joe Thornton thinks Stoll should have “kept his head up”

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Video: Raffi Torres checks Robyn Regehr

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Raffi Torres might score the occasional overtime game-winning goal, but that’s not why the San Jose Sharks traded for him. Instead, they’re hoping that he’ll make them a “tougher team to play against,” which usually means clobbering opponents when he’s on the ice.

Torres, 31, showed that he isn’t shy about doing just that early in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, as he delivered a hard hit on Robyn Regehr in the opening frame:

Raffi Torres receives mixed reception from Sharks fans

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People often describe certain polarizing players as the kind of guys you hate … until they’re on your team. It looks like some San Jose Sharks fans aren’t really on board with that idea regarding Raffi Torres just yet.

The Mercury News’ David Pollak reports that the notorious hitter received a mixture of boos and cheers in his first home game with the team.

There isn’t video of his reaction, so let’s assume that he made this face upon hearing the disapproval:

source: AP

Earlier this week, many wondered if fans would embrace the 31-year-old pest. Some likely still remember this hit he delivered on former San Jose winger Milan Michalek in the 2006 playoffs:

While the team is embracing his inclusion – at least on the record – it appears that some fans either haven’t forgiven him for that hit or are holding his array of other questionable moments (including an infamous check on Marian Hossa) against him.

There’s plenty of time for him to endear himself to Sharks fans, however … which could mean upsetting yet another opposing fan base in the process.

Will Sharks, fans, embrace old nemesis Raffi Torres?

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Raffi Torres’ physical style and suspension history have made him some enemies over his career and the San Jose Sharks are certainly one of the teams he has a rocky past with, dating back to his high hit on Milan Michalek in the 2006 playoffs.

Now that the Sharks have acquired Torres, the question is if his new teammates will warm up to him. Torres obviously hopes so.

“I know if it was the other way around, I’d want some of these guys on my team, whether I liked them or not throughout my career,” Torres said in a CSN Bay Area report. “There are some great players in this room, and I’m just here to do my job and help out. I’m not looking to step on any toes or cause any conflict, I just want to do my job, have some fun and win some games.”

For his part, Sharks captain Joe Thornton “was pretty happy, actually” to hear that Torres would be joining the team.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan is looking for Torres to “continue to use what his strengths are” without crossing the line.

The Sharks will play on Friday, but because they’re on a six-game winning streak, McLellan cautioned that Torres might be scratched rather than make his debut. That may give him more time to learn the Sharks’ system, although the 31-year-old forward doesn’t seem to be embracing that idea.

“You can talk systems to me, but I kind of do my own thing out there sometimes. It’s probably cost me a lot of minutes and playing time, but we’ll go over some things, for sure,” Torres said. “It’s all about trying to keep things simple. When I start thinking too much out there, that’s when it starts to go south.”

Meanwhile, how the Sharks fans feel about Torres is another question mark, as CSN discusses in the video below: