The Sharks assigned forward Raffi Torres to their AHL affiliate on Wednesday as he nears return from a 41-game NHL suspension.
With his 41-game suspension over, the San Jose Sharks have sent forward Raffi Torres to the AHL's Barracuda on a conditioning assignment.
Torres received the suspension, the fifth of his career, for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks in October. Before the ban, Torres missed the 2014-15 season due to a knee injury that resulted in the removal of his ACL. He is in the final season of a three-year deal with San Jose, and has played just 16 NHL games since 2012-13.
“We're proud of how hard Raffi has worked over the last four months to continue to rehab from his injury,” Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said. “We know Raffi can be a very effective player for our team and this assignment will allow him to get back into game shape.”
The Sharks also placed forward Dainius Zubrus on injured reserve.
-- Cait Platt