San Jose, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Jose Sharks will open their season without forward Raffi Torres because of an issue with his previously injured right knee.
According to Sharks GM Doug Wilson, Torres will undergo another operation due to knee infection.
The surgery will include the removal of a graft implanted in his repaired knee, according to NHL.com
Torres originally suffered the injury in a preseason game last September.
“When he came back, he had an infection that kind of went back and forth,” Wilson stated. “They treated it for six weeks to have it go away. They thought it was gone, then it came back, so they decided we’re going to make sure it’s 100 percent.”
Torres returned February after missing just five games.
He played in the Sharks’ seven-game, first-round series loss against the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
“We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season, but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time,” Wilson added.
Torres had three goals and five points last season, including two goals and an assist in their Western Conference First Round defeat.