Raffi Torres declined to appeal the 41-game suspension handed to him for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg Saturday night. On Thursday, he released a statement via the San Jose Sharks apologizing to the Anaheim Ducks forward and accepting his punishment.
“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I’m extremely thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization.”
That was followed by a statement from Sharks GM Doug Wilson, who traded for Torres in 2013 and later handed him a three-year contract:
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