SAN JOSE – Sharks forward Raffi Torres will likely miss a minimum of six weeks, and possibly much longer, after suffering an ACL injury in his right knee on Friday.
According to general manager Doug Wilson, the Sharks have not made any final determination as to whether Torres will have surgery. That decision will be made at some point this week, depending on the damage.
“We’ll let the swelling go down and get it diagnosed properly, and go from there. There are many different options to it,” Wilson said.
If Torres does have surgery, he would miss three-to-four months.
Torres was hurt in a preseason game with Anaheim, when he collided with the Ducks’ Emerson Etem. The Ducks forward was trying to stay onside by dragging his leg at the blue line, and Torres inadvertently ran into Etem from behind, leaving both players on the ice for several moments.
Torres eventually got to his skates and left under his own power, but was later seen leaving the SAP Center after the game with a slight limp and his right knee wrapped.
The vacancy in the lineup left by Torres is a significant one, as the six-foot, 215-pound wing appeared set to play on Logan Couture’s line with Patrick Marleau, or Joe Pavelski’s line with Tommy Wingels. His injury makes it all the more likely rookie Tomas Hertl will start the season on the NHL roster, and could open the door for the club to sign Anthony Stewart, who is in camp on a tryout. Freddie Hamilton, a 21-year-old who played well in Saturday’s preseason game against Phoenix, could also be an option.
Torres, 31, signed a three-year, $6 million contract extension with the Sharks in the offseason.