Torres was waived by the Hurricanes on Thursday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
The downward trend continues for Torres, as he has failed to do much of anything since his record-setting 41-game suspension in the 2015-16 season. He could be the right fit for a team looking for a spark in the attitude department, but it's starting to look less and less likely.
Torres will attend training camp with Carolina on a professional tryout agreement (PTO), Ben Pope of The News Observer reports.
Having played 635 NHL games over his career with Vancouver, Phoenix, and San Jose, Torres has plenty of hockey knowledge he could pass down to the up and comers. However, over the past four seasons, the left winger 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 temperament and suspect injury history, 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 with an NHL club in training camp if he decides to play in 2016-17.
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 and by clearing waivers, he can now be assigned to the minors. Considering that Torres was suspended for 41 games for an illegal check to the head earlier in the 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.
Torres (knee) was placed on waivers Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Torres suffered a setback from his recovery from a knee injury, so the purpose of his waiver placement may be to get him to AHL San Jose on a more permanent basis. It appears he needs the reps and practice, but then again, Torres has already been on a conditioning stint in the minors.
Torres (knee) suffered a "minor setback" and didn't play Monday for the AHL San Jose Barracuda, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.
It's unclear whether the setback Torres suffered was in relation to the knee injury he was dealing with or just his conditioning in general. More information on Torres' status should be made available as he nears a return to the Sharks' lineup.
Torres (knee) has been returned to the Sharks' active roster following a 41-game suspension but will be assigned to AHL San Jose for a conditioning assignment.
Torres' long layoff -- combined with a right knee injury that required surgery Dec. 11 -- prompted the Sharks to send him to the minors in order to get him back into game shape. In order for Torres to be added to the active roster, the team decided to place Dainius Zubrus (upper body) on IR.
Torres has served a 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silverberg in a preseason game. However, Torres is still recovering from Dec. 11 surgery on his right knee and is not likely to return Thursday night against the Oilers, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
As noted in the report, Torres will require additional practice time before he'll rejoin the lineup. He was able to take some contact in a practice last Friday but apparently needs more time to recover. "It's been feeling a little nicer every day," Torres said Friday. "Just have to battle through it and see how it reacts."
Torres had "a procedure" on his often injured knee and it's not clear if he'll be healthy when his suspension is over, reports Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Between his knee and suspensions, Torres has only played 44 regular season games since the start of the 2012-13 season. What little fantasy relevance he may have had at one point has evaporated. It's just not clear that he'll be able to bounce back into NHL shape physically. You'll want to see him prove it before you ever consider rostering him.
Coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday that Torres is likely to rejoin the team when his suspension is up on January 14, reports CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz.
There was little question of the team would allow him to play after he'd served his suspension. But the wrinkle here is the revelation that he's still having issues with his surgically repaired knee. DeBoer said, "He has good days and bad days. He's still dealing a little bit with his injury from before. I think that's probably the best way I can put it."
The NHL announced Tuesday that it has suspended Torres for 41 games for his illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.Torres has frequently been disciplined for illegal hits throughout his NHL career, so Monday's ruling doesn't come as a huge surprise. The 33-year-old winger may appeal the suspension, but if it stands, he won't be eligible to return to action until the Sharks' Jan. 14 matchup with the Oilers.
The Department of Player Safety announced that Torres will have a hearing on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.The DoPS also announced that Torres waived his right to an in-person hearing. The Department offers an in-person hearing only when a suspension may be in excess of five games. Torres could miss significant time to start the season.
Torres has been suspended one game for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg pending his discipline hearing, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.The length of Torres' suspension remains a bit unclear, but it should all sort itself out before the beginning of the season. Considering his history of hits that resulted in suspensions, it's possible the most recent will be rather lengthy.
Torres drew a penalty in Saturday's preseason game after hitting the Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg in the head, according to Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times.It was the type of hit that generates some form of discipline. Torres was given a 10-minute misconduct and ejected from the game.
Torres played his first game on Friday after missing the entire 2015 season with an ACL injury. Torres said that he "felt alright" for most of the exhibition, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz.Torres laid a big hit on the Coyotes' Nicklas Grossman early in the game. Torres said, following that hit, that he "didn't feel too fast or too much part of the game." So, he has a little work to do getting back to game speed and feeling the pace. It may be wise for owners to steer clear until he looks 100%.
Torres will make his preseason debut in Friday's matchup with the Coyotes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.Torres is coming off of right knee surgery that he underwent in February, so it's a positive sign that he'll get a chance to shake off some rust in Friday's preseason contest. He is expected to slot into a fourth line role with the Sharks this season, where he'll focus on agitating opponents and chipping in offensively on occasion.
Torres spilled into the boards in practice Thursday, but appears to have avoided injury, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.Torres has been riddled with injuries throughout his career, having had three surgeries to repair the ACL in his right knee. He plays with a mean streak, which could translate into modest PIM totals this season, provided he can finally stay healthy and avoid suspensions.
Torres said that he's feeling healthy following his recovery from right knee surgery, but will proceed cautiously when training camp begins later this week, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.Torres has had three surgeries to repair the ACL in his right knee, with the most recent two coming in just the past calendar year. Now six months removed from the latest operation, Torres has been back on the ice the last few weeks skating and seems to be back to full speed as he enters the final season of his three-year, $6 million commitment to the Sharks. The team is expected to deploy Torres on the fourth line this season, where he'll be counted on to inflict pain on opposing forwards and occasionally chip in offensively.