Torres hopes to return this season, but isn’t close yet

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San Jose forward Raffi Torres has already missed three months since he sustained an ACL injury during a preseason contest, but he won’t be able to rejoin the Sharks in the near future.

“I’m just trying to stay around 60 percent,” Torres told CSN Bay Area.

The 32-year-old has been skating in addition to his off-ice exercises, but he can’t push himself too hard without being sore for days afterwards.

He’s one of the most controversial players in the league, but he excelled with San Jose after he was acquired during the shortened campaign. He had six points and 38 hits while only accumulating four penalty minutes in 11 contests with the Sharks last season.

Torres was handed another suspension for his high hit on Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll during the 2013 playoffs, but the Sharks strongly defended him and still inked him to a three-year, $6 million contract.

He hasn’t played in a regular season contest since signing that deal, but he remains optimistic about his chances of playing this season.

“Today, yeah, I’d say I come back this year, for sure,” he said.

He just doesn’t want to make any predictions on when that might be.