On Friday, Toronto Maple Leafs property Raffi Torres — still a member of San Jose’s AHL affiliate, despite being traded earlier this week — announced he wouldn’t be playing “professional hockey for the remainder of the season,” in order to rehab from “yet another medical procedure.”
More, from the Barracuda website:
“Up to this point in my career, I have always aggressively pushed my recovery timelines to come back as quickly as possible from injury. However, after this most recent procedure, I want to give myself the proper amount of rest and recovery time so that my body can completely heal. I believe that this approach is the best course of action at this point in order to attempt to resume my career.”
“I want to thank the Sharks and Barracuda organizations, along with all of my teammates, for their support during my time with the Club.”
While he didn’t specify the injury or specific procedure, it’s fair to assume both are in relation to Torres’ troublesome right knee.
Back in early December, Sharsk head coach Peter DeBoer admitted the veteran forward was having issues with a surgically repaired ACL that’s undergone a variety of procedures over the last two years, costing Torres all of the ’14-15 campaign.
Upon being activated following a 41-game suspension for a headshot on Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg, Torres was sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint. His knee “didn’t react well” after his first two games played and, subsequently, appeared in just four more contests for the Barracuda.
Torres, 34, is in the last of a three-year, $6 million deal. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.