It’s not all that much of a surprise that the team will take him back on January 14 when he’s eligible to return. He’s been working out off the ice and has joined the team for a couple of skates and still has a locker at both SAP Center and the team’s practice facility.
“Raffi is a guy that can help us,” DeBoer told Kurz. “If he’s healthy, he can help us. I don’t think Doug [Wilson] or I differ on that opinion. But, we’ve got to see where he’s at.”
They’ll take him back, but his health may be a road block.
Torres received his suspension in a preseason game and the preseason was his return to action after have his knee surgically repaired for the second time and missing the entirety of the 2014-15 season. His return was largely taken as a return to health, but DeBoer says, “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.”
Torres, 34, is a veteran of 635 NHL games and has 17 games remaining on his hefty suspension.
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