Raffi Torres could have another shot at the National Hockey League.
The 34-year-old Toronto native has been invited to the Carolina Hurricanes' camp on a professional tryout basis. Though nothing has been signed, Aaron Ward reports that Torres will accept the offer.
A 15-year pro, Torres last played in the NHL in 2013-14 with the San Jose Sharks. Torres missed the 2014-15 season due to injury. Upon his return, Torres was suspended for 41 games - an NHL record for a non-lifetime ban - for a hit on the Anaheim Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game on October 3. It was Torres's fifth NHL suspension. Following the suspension, Torres was assigned to the Sharks' American Hockey League-affiliate San Jose Barracuda, where he appeared in six games. He was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline in February, but was not asked to report to the team.
Originally taken with the fifth-overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders out of the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion. Torres has also spent time with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes. His best offensive season came with the Oilers in 2005-2006 when he scored 27 goals and added 14 assists. The Oilers would go on to the Stanley Cup Final that year, falling in seven games to the Hurricanes.
In 635 career NHL games, Torres has 137 goals, 123 assists and 497 minutes in penalties.