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Raffi Torres’ New Team

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

On the day of the deal, the Maple Leaf who never was waited for a telephone call that never came.

“It would have been nice for somebody to call,” Raffi Torres said on the telephone from San Jose, half-kidding, half-not. “I would have thought that might have happened.

“I know it was just a paper transaction. My GM, Doug Wilson, called to tell me what was going on. I never heard from the Leafs. Never heard a thing.”

His phone was ringing non-stop that day in late February, buzzing with text messages from family and old friends, from people he grew up around, most of them learning of his trade to Toronto — just not of the unusual circumstances.

“I was excited for about five seconds,” said the Markham native. “When I was growing up, I didn’t know anything but Leafs. They were my team. I was crazy about them. Wendel Clark. Doug Gilmour. Mike Gartner. Those were my guys. Then I realized what this was all about.

“It is what it is. I understand the business.”

It’s one thing to understand the business. It’s another to be a central part of a trade that doesn’t send you anywhere but limbo. Torres became the contract that wasn’t necessarily named later in the deal that sent two second-round draft picks to the Leafs in exchange for Roman Polak and Nick Spaling. The Leafs didn’t want the controversial 34-year-old. They are basically eating his expiring salary to make the arrangement work. They didn’t even want to place him with their budding AHL team.


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Hank1974's avatar

Posted by Hank1974 on 03/26/16 at 07:56 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

The league didn’t have the balls to suspend him indefinitely, so two organizations had to work together to bury him where he won’t play. Ridiculous when you think about it but for someone as dangerous as Torres, it needed to be done. I have zero sympathy for this guy.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 03/26/16 at 09:34 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Posted by Hank1974 on 03/26/16 at 07:56 AM ET

I second that.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 03/26/16 at 11:40 AM ET

Fugazi's avatar

At least show some respect and call the guy. I know no one wants to have the guy in their organization but it’s pretty bush league to trade for him and then give him the silent treatment.  As usual Lou Lamarillo looks like a jerk

Posted by Fugazi from Bay Area, Left Coast on 03/26/16 at 01:40 PM ET

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