The San Jose Sharks have re-signed winger Raffi Torres to a three-year, $6 million contract (average annual cap hit of $2 million), while the Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Torres was a trade deadline pickup by the Sharks, but evidently management saw enough to deem him worthy of a three-year extension and a slight raise over the $1.75 million annual salary of his expiring contract. Torres is an effective checking forward and agitator with a decent scoring touch, but he must now ensure he plays a cleaner game as the league is still closely watching him following last year’s 25-game suspension for a blindside hit on Marian Hossa. Witness the suspension he received for a questionable hit on Jarret Stoll early in this year’s Western Conference semi-final against the Kings.
As for Enroth, he nearly doubles his average cap hit of $675K on his current deal. His performance backstopping Sweden to a gold medal at this year’s World Championships suggests he may be ready to take over from Ryan Miller as the Sabres starting goalie. Given the trade speculation swirling over Miller and his uncertain future with the Sabres, this is a golden opportunity for Enroth to prove himself as an NHL starter.