He had to sit out the last few games of the San Jose Sharks ill-fated season, but Raffi Torres wants to return to the team next season and has made it known that he’s willing to re-sign in San Jose. Torres spoke to CSN BayArea.com reporter Kevin Kurz and was very adamant that he wishes to continue his courtship with the Sharks and help get them back to the playoffs in 2014.
Per Kevin Kurz and CSN BayArea.com:
Torres made it public that he’d like to remain in San Jose as part of the home team, telling reporters: “It’s not going to be hard to make a decision to stay here. They know I want to. 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.”
Torres was forced to miss the remainder of his team’s trip to the postseason for a second straight year when he was suspended by the NHL for his illegal hit on Justin Williams when the Sharks were taking on the now eliminated Los Angeles Kings. Torres had a suspension carry from the 2012 postseason into the shortened 2013 season after leveling Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa in the first-round of the playoffs last year.
He’s a bruiser, there is no doubt about that but he was productive for the Sharks in 2013. Kurz reports that should the Sharks decide to retain Torres, they have more than enough cap space to lock him up and grant his wish of returning to San Jose next season.