Torres will attend training camp with Carolina on a PTO agreement, Ben Pope of The News Observer reports. Having played 635 NHL games over his career with Vancouver, Phoenix, and San Jose, Torres has an abundance of hockey acumen he could offer a team. However, over the past four seasons, the left wingman has appeared in only 44 games due to injuries and suspensions. Now at 35 years old, the veteran has another shot to prove he belongs on an NHL team, but given his recent history of mental and physical difficulties, he figures to be a longshot to make the Opening Night roster.
Torres has decided to shut himself down for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign. Torres has been bothered by a nagging knee injury for much of the 2015-16 campaign, and has decided to forgo the rest of the season in an attempt to get back to full health. The 34-year-old winger is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and will likely need to earn a roster spot in an NHL club's training camp next season if he decides not to retire.
Torres will remain in AHL San Jose despite being traded to the Maple Leafs on Monday along with two second round draft picks in exchange for Nick Spaling and Roman Polak. Since being traded to San Jose in 2013, Torres has played in just 16 games due to injuries and suspensions. After being acquired by Toronto, the veteran was loaned right back to his current AHL team, a clear sign the winger is unlikely to see any NHL action the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Torres is merely another piece in the Maple Leafs' plan to free up cap space for 2016-17.
Torres (knee) was assigned to AHL San Jose on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Torres has been hampered by a nagging knee injury for quite some time, and will need to play himself back into game shape in the AHL in order to get another opportunity with the big club this season. If the 34-year-old winger's knee ailment fails to improve, he could be shut down for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign.
Torres (knee) has cleared waivers, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Torres is no longer listed on the Sharks' active roster, but by clearing waivers, he can now be assigned to the minors. Considering that Torres was suspended for 41 games earlier in preseason and is dealing with a knee injury, it's no wonder that other teams weren't interested in the embattled forward's services off the waiver wire.
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