The Sharks have placed forward Raffi Torres on waivers, a team source confirmed on Friday.
The winger, who served a 41-game suspension for the first half of the season, is unlikely to be claimed by another NHL club as he continues to deal with ongoing right knee issues. If he clears, as expected, he will remain with the AHL Barracuda in his attempt to get back to the NHL.
The 34-year-old Torres has no points and one shot on goal in three games with the Barracuda. He was assigned there on Jan. 13 on a two-week conditioning assignment that ended on Thursday.
The move will also clear up approximately $1 million in salary cap space for the Sharks, which could be beneficial as the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline approaches.
Torres missed all of last season with ongoing right knee problems stemming from a torn ACL on Sep. 20, 2013 in a preseason game. Most recently, he had a subchondroplasty procedure on Dec. 11 at Stanford University. He later explained that it involved a scope to clean up scar tissue, and a “calcium deposit injection they put into the top part of the tibia.”
Torres is in the final year of a three-year, $6 million contract signed in the summer of 2013. He has played just 12 NHL regular season/playoff games since signing the deal.
The move was first reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN.