The Phoenix Coyotes have traded forward Raffi Torres to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Torres' time in Phoenix, while fairly brief, certainly wasn't one which will be easily forgotten as his tenure in Phoenix has come to an end. From his 2011 Halloween party costume to his suspension for his hit on Marian Hossa in last year's playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks, Torres got press for all the wrong reasons during his less than two year stint in Phoenix. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Sharks are getting a player whose ability to work along the boards, pass and score are underrated partly due to his own theatrics and how they cause others to view him. During his time in the Valley, the rugged winger had 20 goals and 18 assists in 107 regular season games and 1 goal and 1 assist in 3 playoff contests. Given his NHL discipline history he is a bit of a risk. On the other hand, if he keeps his checks clean he can be an effective third line player who gives a team like the Sharks a guy who can retrieve pucks and get them to their skilled group of forwards and can bury passes from said collection as well.