SAN JOSE -- The Sharks decided Wednesday that the way to improve their chances for playoff success was to put Raffi Torres, a longtime villain known for his often reckless style of play, into a teal jersey.
"San Jose fans have been pretty tough on me the past couple years, but I get it," Torres said. "It's the way I play. Hopefully once I get starting on the body and scoring a couple goals they'll turn into fans."
General manager Doug Wilson acquired the left wing from the Phoenix Coyotes for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft minutes before the Wednesday NHL trade deadline. Earlier in the day, he added former San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan to the roster by sending a conditional seventh-round pick to the Nashville Predators.
Neither of the new Sharks will be in the lineup against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night when San Jose tries to extend its winning streak to seven games.
Wilson said that Torres -- though somewhat reformed since a 21-game suspension for hitting Chicago Blackhawk Marian Hossa in the head during the 2012 playoffs -- brings a toughness the team lost with the trade that sent Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
What about Torres's reputation?
"That's exactly what you want," Wilson said. "You hate playing against him. You want him on your side."
But he stressed that Torres, 31, is not a one-dimensional player.
"People certainly know when he's on the ice, but he can play, too," Wilson said. "He can play the game and he can get in there. The speed to his game is a big part of it. You want your physical presence to have speed. . . . He can play with good players. I think he has five goals this year, so he can shoot the puck, too."
Torres has done some serious damage to San Jose's playoff chances in the past. In a 2006 second-round series against Edmonton, his open-ice hit to Milan Michalek's head became the turning point as the Sharks were eliminated 4-2 in a series they once led 2-0. Playing for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference finals, Torres delivered a hard but clean hit on Joe Thornton that separated his shoulder and limited his mobility in Game 5.
Torres said the 21-game suspension for the hit on Hossa led the left wing to clean up the dirtier aspects of his game.
"You know what?" Torres said. "I knew my game, prior to the suspension, was at a place where I didn't want to end up hurting someone. My game was a little bit reckless. My problem was that I got a little too caught up in the moment... I was running around and it was almost kind of deteriorating my overall game.
"I'm at a point now where I'm not really looking for the big hit. . . . I will not back down from trying to run someone over to change momentum, but I think I just do it a little more cautiously now."
The acquisition of Torres overshadowed Hannan's return to San Jose earlier in the day.
Hannan, 34, had 25 goals and 102 assists in 508 games with the Sharks from 1998 to 2007 before leaving as a free agent. Since then, he has played for the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames and Predators.
The Sharks see him adding veteran depth at a position where two rookies are now in the starting lineup while Jason Demers recovers from a head injury.
"Scotty's been here before — we understand his character and how he carries himself around the rink and around the locker room and we thought he'd be a very good fit to come in and be a mentoring defenseman," coach Todd McLellan said.
Wilson said that Hannan is hobbled by a neck injury, but suggested he could be given a clean bill of health within the next week.
Both new Sharks will become unrestricted free agents on July 1.