SAN JOSE -- Raffi Torres made his first appearance inside the Sharks' locker room Thursday, but anybody who expected the hard-hitting left wing to be confronted about the 2006 shot to Milan Michalek's head or the 2011 check that separated Joe Thornton's shoulder would have been disappointed.

"Oh no," Thornton said, dismissing the suggestion. "I don't think too many guys know him too much, so it's just kind of like, 'Hey how are you? My name's Joe. Nice to meet you, Raffi.' "

Later, the Sharks' captain indicated, maybe they would talk about that hit in the Sharks' playoff series with Vancouver. But not now. Torres' hit on Michalek helped alter a 2006 playoff series in which Edmonton defeated the Sharks.

The Sharks are Torres' seventh NHL team, and the 31-year-old left wing knows the drill well. He may be reviled when he's the opposition, but everything changes when players wear the same jersey.

"What happens on the ice, stays on the ice -- and it's a different model when you're in the room and now you're part of the team," said Torres, who was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes for a third-round draft pick Wednesday. "Hopefully we can put that stuff behind us and look to the future."

Torres was one of the few Sharks on the ice as coach Todd McLellan limited his players to training-room workouts in preparation for Friday night's game against the Calgary Flames.

McLellan acknowledged that working Torres into the lineup is a bit more of a challenge with his team on a 6-0 roll.

"I can't lie. The team has played well. There's no reason for anybody to come out. We'll have to make that decision tonight or tomorrow," said McLellan, who said he wasn't sure what line his newest player would end up on if he does play.

The coach said Torres would need time to learn the Sharks' "systematic play, and if we can get that done and we can feel comfortable, then we'll make a change."

Earlier, Torres indicated that learning a team's system is not one of his strong suits.

"I think if you could ask all my coaches, when you talk systems, I kind of do my own thing out there," Torres said. "Probably why it cost me a lot of minutes."

San Jose's other trade deadline acquisition, defenseman Scott Hannan, was not scheduled to arrive Thursday until after everybody else had scattered from HP Pavilion. Hannan is recovering from a neck injury and is not expected to be game ready for at least a week.

  • The NHL fined Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic $8,378 for his role in a stick-swinging incident with former teammate Dany Heatley at the end of San Jose's 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

    Heatley suffered a shoulder injury in a heated exchange with Vlasic, but the league said the damage occurred when the Wild forward fell to the ice and was not a direct result of the slash.

    "It was bad, it got nasty at the end," Vlasic said Thursday. "I never want to injure a guy or see a guy injured, even if it was in the tussle at the end. Heater's a great player. It's very unfortunate."

    The amount of the fine is one-half of a day's pay for Vlasic, the maximum allowed under terms of the NHL collective bargaining agreement.

  • Defenseman Jason Demers said he feels he is ready to play after missing three games because of a March 28 head injury, but McLellan said Demers probably needs a full practice first and that would delay his return until Sunday's game against the Dallas Stars.

    Friday's Game
    Calgary (13-18-4) at Sharks (19-11-6), 7:30 p.m. CSN+