San Jose Sharks Lose Grit with Douglas Murray then Gain it Back with Raffi Torres

By Stephanie Lewark
Jennifer Stewart – USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks have won the last six games they’ve played.  They’re playing well but after trading defenseman Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins and then Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers yesterday, they are lacking the all-important sandpaper of the team.  This will be needed come time for the playoffs.

That’s where Raffi Torres comes in.

The Sharks acquire Torres from the Phoenix Coyotes and although he is somewhat of a risk with his reputation preceding him, it appears he is trying to rehabilitate himself into more of a player that plays with his head instead of his emotions as he told the Associated Press:

”My game was a little bit reckless,” he said. ”My problem is I get a little too caught up in the moment and I feel like I need to go out there and throw that big hit. My problem was that it was almost kind of deteriorating my overall game. I’m at a point now where I’m not looking for the big hit. I’m trying to work on stick on puck and trying to take away the puck instead of taking the body. Mind you that I will not back down from trying to run someone over to change momentum. I think I just do it a little bit more cautiously now.”

The Sharks also signed defenseman Scott Hannon and resigned defenseman Matt Irwin to maintain some depth at the blueline.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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