CALGARY – Raffi Torres still has no time frame to return to the Sharks’ lineup, but appears to be pleased with his recovery from a torn ACL that required surgery on Sep. 26.
Torres is on the Sharks’ five-game road trip, and has been periodically seen skating on his own in recent weeks. That includes Monday and Tuesday in Calgary.
“Great, great, things are good,” Torres said, when asked how he’s feeling. “I’m starting to push it a little bit more on the ice, so it’s getting better. As long as there’s no setbacks, we’ll keep pushing forward a little bit more.”
Torres skated for the first time in Boston on Oct. 24, but experienced some swelling in the right knee shortly afterwards. It’s still much too early to set any date for his return to game action, and earlier estimates by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had Torres returning just before or after the Olympic break in February.
“To worry about that stuff right now wouldn’t be good for me. I’ll just go day-to-day, and progress every day with no setbacks,” Torres said.
“I’ve been pushing it pretty hard the last couple weeks since then and there hasn’t been any setbacks, so that’s been good.”
It took Torres 11 months to return from the same injury in 2007, during which he needed a second procedure seven months later. He said on Oct. 5 that this time around felt “night and day” compared to the first time he went through the same rehab process. He essentially repeated that on Tuesday morning.
“Oh yeah, big time. I wasn’t even thinking about skating until three-and-a-half, four months [after surgery] the first time,” Torres said. “We’re not even two months now, and like I said, I feel real good.”
He’s also glad to be on the road with his teammates during their longest road trip left on the schedule.
“It’s always good to be on the road. They are long days, but it’s good to be with the guys. It’s either that, or at home going bananas.”