SAN JOSE – Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
Sharks forward Raffi Torres is progressing from his latest right knee surgery, and the team is hopeful he’ll be a full participant in training camp in September. Torres, who missed the entire 2014-15 season, recently returned to Toronto to continue his rehab after spending some extra time in San Jose with the Sharks training staff.
“He finished his fulfillment of training here,” Doug Wilson said. “I don’t think he’s going to have any restrictions. … He sounds really good.”
Wilson admitted that Torres, who turns 34 on Oct. 8 and has not been at full health for a game since the 2013 playoffs, couldn’t be counted on to be a productive player again after the agitating winger has endured a nightmare of multiple surgeries and infections in his knee over the past two years.
Torres has played just 12 regular season and playoff games since he was suspended after Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs in 2013 against Los Angeles.
“Is it 100 percent? No, it's not,” Wilson said of Torres’ potential return. “Do we think he's going to come back? Yeah, we do, but we're realists.”
Torres tore his ACL for the second time in his career in a preseason game on Sep. 20, 2013, colliding with Anaheim’s Emerson Etem, and most recently had surgery on February 25 to replace the ligament with that from a cadaver. He is entering the final year of a three-year, $6 million contract.
“There were some times where you start doubting yourself, and [thinking] this might be it,” Torres said on March 12. “But, I feel like I’ll be able to come back from this and be a player again.”
As for the team’s overall health, Wilson said that everyone is expected to be ready for training camp. Among the Sharks that were injured at the end of the year were Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body), Matt Nieto (fractured foot) and Mirco Mueller (broken thumb).
The Sharks never released a complete post-season injury report.