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Raffi Torres re-signs with Sharks for three seasons

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Raffi Torres had six points in 11 regular-season games for San Jose after the trade. (USATSI)
Raffi Torres had six points in 11 regular-season games for San Jose after the trade. (USATSI)

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The San Jose Sharks liked what they saw of Raffi Torres in just a short amount of time, and they have re-signed the infamous forward to a three-year extension.

The deal will pay Torres $6 million over the three years for a cap hit of $2 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports.

Torres, 31, was acquired by the Sharks at the trade deadline this past season, helping to add a little forward depth and fill that physical edge requirement that many teams have. He played pretty well for the Sharks down the stretch run, picking up six points in 11 games while racking up 38 hits and just four penalty minutes. He seemed to fit in well with San Jose.

"We are very excited to bring Raffi back to the San Jose Sharks," GM Doug Wilson said. "He competes hard in all three zones and brought a lot of ingredients to our lineup last season. We think he is a great fit for our club moving forward."

Of course, no mention of Torres would be complete without addressing his "other" antics. He delivered another questionable hit in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Los Angeles and was suspended for the remainder of the series. So his season ended just as it did the year before -- watching his team be eliminated in the playoffs while he was suspended. Although many would say the hit and punishment was more based on reputation than anything else, that's something you get with Torres -- his reputation.

As much as Torres is a villain on the ice for his hitting, he can be an effective player. Remember, he was taken fifth overall in the 2000 draft and once scored 27 goals in a season for the Oilers. When he's not busy making dangerous hits and being suspended, he is not a useless player by any stretch. The trick for him is trying to stay within the bounds of the game but keeping that physical play.

If he can manage to clean up his game and not make the illegal hits and actually, you know, not get suspended, then that money might be well spent. But that's always the big if with Torres.

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