One of the more noteworthy trades of this year’s deadline was the San Jose Sharks and their acquisition of Raffi Torres. Any time a player with that sort of history is going to get moved, people are going to notice, for better or for worse. While his short time with the Sharks didn’t end well, it was actually quite productive overall.
There are a couple of things we’ve learned to count on during the postseason in recent years. One is the fact that the Sharks failed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, falling in the second round. The other is a suspension of some sort for Torres. We saw both take place again this year.
Torres was suspended after Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals after putting a shoulder to the head of Jarrett Stoll. Arguments abound as to whether or not Torres deserved such a length suspension, but his history made it so. He went on to miss the final six games of that series.
That doesn’t mean his time with the Sharks was necessarily a failure. Aside from the suspension, he continued to demonstrate that he could be an effective player if he played under control. He finished with six points in 11 regular season contests and a game-winning goal in the first round of the playoffs.
Both the Sharks and Torres have agreed that they would like him to stick around, as he’s set to become a free agent this summer. Should he hit the market, there likely wouldn’t be a ton of interest, based off of his history. So the fact that the Sharks want him back should mean that a deal will likely get done between the two sides before long.