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Days after he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs and loaned back to the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, Raffi Torres announced that his season is done.
“In consultation with my agent and my doctors, I have made the decision that I will not be playing professional hockey for the remainder of the season.”
“Recently, I underwent yet another medical procedure, and I need more time to recover and heal from it.”
“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.”
Torres only played six games for the AHL's Barracuda this season and has suited up for only 44 games over the last three seasons after undergoing two surgeries to his ACL.
Now comes the interesting part. Torres’ contract ends after this season. He’s been suspended for a total of 74 games during his 12-year NHL career, coming off a 41-gamer in January. With his recent injury history and checkered past, does any team even give him a look next season?
GM Doug Wilson has been loyal to Torres since he arrived in 2013, so it wouldn’t surprise us if the Sharks GM hands him a "let's see what you got" PTO if the 34-year-old forward is fully healthy as the 2016-17 NHL season arrives.
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