On the evening of August 24th, news had come about that the Vancouver Canucks had signed gritty winger Raffi Torres to a 1-year deal worth $1million. The 28 year-old left winger is coming off a season in which he tallied 19 goals and 17 assists in 74 games split between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres
The questions is: Is he worth it?
Raffi Torres will certainly add grit and toughness to the 3rd/4th lines, and possibly maybe even the 2nd line with Alex Burrows starting the season on the IR.
Even though the Canucks are over the salary cap, they will get cap relief with Sami Salo and Alex Burrows on the injury reserve, so the 1 million dollars works out to a good deal
In comparison, Ryan Clowe scored 19 goals, and his 2010-11 salary is 3.625 million. Raffi Torres scored 19 goals and his 2010-11 salary will be 1 million.
In the end, the addition of a gritty 6-foot, 223 pound winger that will add toughness and garbage goals, is going to help round out the Vancouver Canucks bottom-six forwards