Sharks acquire LW Torres from Coyotes

Sharks acquire LW Torres from Coyotes
April 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Raffi Torres has 132 goals and 117 assists for 249 points and 486 penalty minutes in his career. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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The Sharks have acquired 31-year-old left wing Raffi Torres from the Phoenix in exchange for a third round pick in the 2013 draft, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot, 210-pound left wing has five goals and seven assists for 12 points and 13 penalty minutes in 28 games. Torres is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, as he’s in the final year of a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.

The trade came just before the noon NHL trade deadline.

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Torres was given a 25-game suspension by the league for his illegal hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa in the playoffs last April. That was later reduced to 21 games, and carried over to the first eight games of this season.

In 619 career NHL games over parts of 11 seasons with the Islanders, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Canucks and Coyotes, Torres has 132 goals and 117 assists for 249 points and 486 penalty minutes. He was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by the Islanders in the 2000 draft.

The move caps a busy 10 days for the Sharks. They acquired defenseman Scott Hannan for a conditional sixth round pick earlier on Wednesday, and sent right wing Ryane Clowe to the Rangers for three draft picks on Tuesday. On March 25, defenseman Douglas Murray was traded to Pittsburgh for two draft picks.