Raffi Torres released a statement on Friday announcing he will not play the rest of the season with the Barracuda (or with anyone, for that matter). Apparently the winger underwent another surgery recently and wants to give his body adequate time to recover.
Torres was recently traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs but stayed with the Barracuda on loan. From the statement it's clear he plans on playing again next season — though with his contract expiring at the end of this year, it's unlikely he'll do so with the Barracuda (or with the Leafs or Marlies).
This is just the latest chapter in what has been a largely unpleasant couple years for Torres. Just this year he has been suspended, waived and traded.
SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) presented by Barracuda Networks (@barracuda)and the American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced that Barracuda forward Raffi Torres today issued the following statement:
"In consultation with my agent and my doctors, I have made the decision that I will not be playing professional hockey for the remainder of the season."
"Recently, I underwent yet another medical procedure, and I need more time to recover and heal from it."
"Up to this point in my career, I have always aggressively pushed my recovery timelines to come back as quickly as possible from injury. However, after this most recent procedure, I want to give myself the proper amount of rest and recovery time so that my body can completely heal. I believe that this approach is the best course of action at this point in order to attempt to resume my career."
"I want to thank the Sharks and Barracuda organizations, along with all of my teammates, for their support during my time with the Club."