San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks announced the signing of
veteran agitator Raffi Torres to a three-year contract.
The 31-year-old veteran played 39 games last season for Phoenix and San Jose,
registering seven goals and 11 assists with 17 penalty minutes and 87 hits for
the two clubs. The Sharks sent Phoenix a third-round pick in the 2013 draft
for the controversial Torres.
"We are very excited to bring Raffi back to San Jose," said Sharks general
manager Doug Wilson. "He competes hard in all three zones and brought a lot of
ingredients to our lineup last season. We think he is a great fit for our club
The gritty forward is perhaps more well-known for his suspension history than
his point production.
In May, he was suspended for the remainder of San Jose's playoff series
against Los Angeles for his high hit on the Kings' Jarret Stoll in Game 1. His
vicious headshot of Chicago's Marian Hossa during a playoff series in April
2012 while with Phoenix produced a suspension of 25 games. It was later
reduced to 21 games.
Torres has appeared in 630 career games for the New York Islanders, Edmonton
Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix and
San Jose, collecting 255 points (134 goals, 121 assists) and 490 penalty
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