When the Sharks first acquired Raffi Torres at the trade deadline, we were pretty harsh on him for his seedy past as one of the league’s biggest goons. In the end it turned out to be a terrific move by GM Doug Wilson, whose trade deadline tweaking of the roster was impressive.
And while he Torres still may be a huge asshole, there’s no denying that has speed, physicality, peskiness and occasional goal-scoring were a big help to the Sharks. Look no further than the last series against the Kings in which the Sharks desperately missed him at times. Thanks a lot, Brendan Shanahan.
So, believe it or not, we’re happy to see that Torres, an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to return to San Jose next season and that the feeling appears mutual. From David Pollak:
“It’s not going to be hard to make a decision to stay here. They know I want to,” Torres, 31, said. “It’s a great group of guys in here … and it’d be a good place to win.”
Torres, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Phoenix Coyotes, earned a prorated $1.75 million. He isn’t playing hard to get, but did say he would prefer a multiyear deal.
Coach Todd McLellan said he was encouraged to hear that Torres wants to return and General Manager Doug Wilson appeared to be in agreement.
“We think he is a very good fit, he plays that north-south game, he has speed,” Wilson said. “We certainly missed him.”
Meanwhile, Scott Gomez, another unrestricted free-agent, sounded less sure about returning to the Sharks next season. Per Kevin Kurz:
“There’s plenty of time for that in the future,” Gomez said, when asked if he could see himself returning to the Sharks. “I’m not really worried about that right now. I’m still getting over the loss. I’ll take a couple more days. Whatever the future holds, this is a great organization and great group of guys, and a team that can still win. It’s still right there. As far as me, we’ll worry about that later.”