SAN JOSE -- Sharks left wing Raffi Torres must undergo a second surgery on the right knee injury that caused him to miss all but five regular-season games last season, the team announced. That could cause him to miss half the season.

The problem developed after an infection from the ACL repair that Torres underwent last fall after a preseason collision with Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem. Torres missed the first 59 games of the 2013-14 season before returning to action on Feb. 27.

He played five of the next six games, then sat out another 17 before returning for the playoffs, where he acknowledged he was playing with pain.

San Jose Sharks’  Raffi Torres (13) celebrates his goal to tie the Los Angeles Kings 2-2 in the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round
San Jose Sharks' Raffi Torres (13) celebrates his goal to tie the Los Angeles Kings 2-2 in the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, April 20, 2014. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) ( Josie Lepe )

Wilson said Torres recently underwent a procedure in Toronto to alleviate the infection by removing the original graft designed to repair the ACL. The next graft will come from Torres' own tissue, not a cadaver.

No timetable was set for Torres' return, but he needed four months to return to action after a similar operation on Sept. 26, 2013.



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