San Jose, CA– Today Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that they will be without forward Raffi Torres for at least six weeks. This is do to him injuring his ACL in last Friday’s preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks.
According to Wilson, they have not made the decision whether Torres will need surgery.
“We’ll let the swelling go down and get it diagnosed properly, and go from there. There are many different options to it,” Wilson said.
Depending on the degree of injury, a decision will need to made later this week if Torres needs to go thru with the surgical producer.
If it is determined that surgery is necessary for the Sharks, he could be out of commission for up to 3-4 months.
In last Friday’s preseason game, Raffi Torres and Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem collided on San Jose’s end of the ice during the second period. Ducks Etem, was attempting to stay onside as he dragged his leg along the blue line. In doing that, he caught Torres by surprise and the two of them made knee on knee contact. Both players were pretty shaken up after the play ended and did not get until several minutes later. After he came to, Torres skated over to the Sharks bench under his own power and then went limping into San Jose’s dressing room.
San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan provided his own comments about the injury situation involving Raffi Torres.
“You have to put guys in position to play, and they go play,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “They have to play hard and play the way they are supposed (to). In 10 days from now, the real bullets start firing and you have to be prepared.
“No one wants to lose a player to injury in preseason, but there’s really nothing you can do about it.”
Several sources reported that Torres was seen leaving the SAP Center with a gingerly limp as well as his injured right knee wrapped.
Without Torres being sidelined for sometime now, this leaves a hole in San Jose lineup. As this time, the logical options that the Sharks have on the table for filling in while Torres is out are, Tomas Hertl, San Jose’s 2012 1st round draft pick. Another option for San Jose, is forward prospect Freddie Hamilton, brother of Boston Bruins defenseman Doug Hamilton. Hamilton just 21 years of age played extremely well last Saturday against the Coyotes. Anthony Stewart who is here on a professional tryout basis could be signed in the absence of Raffi Torres.
The Sharks re-signed Torres to a three-year, 6 million dollar contract. He was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft on April 13. Had had seven goals with 11 assists in 39 games with the Coyotes and Sharks last season.
Stay tuned for further updates on the developing story.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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