Power forward Raffi Torres hasn’t played in the NHL since last season, when he was limited to five regular season games by a knee injury that carried over into this season.
He also missed 41 games this year, though, due to a lengthy suspension for a shot to the head of Anaehim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg during the 2015 pre-season. Now, the suspension is over – but his time with the Sharks may be, as well.
The Pacific Division club placed Torres on waivers at the culmination of his conditioning stint with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. Should another team chose to claim him in the next 24 hours, he’ll likely remain in the NHL moving forward – but if all 29 other teams fail to place a claim for the 34 year old forward, he’ll be eligible for reassignment to the AHL by the Sharks.
Drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2000, Torres has played in 635 NHL games to this point in his career. Between injuries and suspensions, the Toronto native has failed to play as often as he likely would have preferred – and with another knee surgery performed to repair scar tissue on his knee back in mid-December, he could be a liability once he returns to the ice.
Torres was the only player on waivers on the first day of the 2016 All Star Break.