Torres 'brings energy'

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

Raffi Torres was back at Rexall Place last night for the first time since being traded by the Edmonton Oilers.

The gritty winger has found a home with the Columbus Blue Jackets and recently returned to the lineup after sitting out six weeks with a knee injury.

"He brings a lot to our team - a lot of energy and a lot of spirit," said Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock.

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"He's terrific on the bench.He's really a live wire on the bench, and he's really helped our team."

Torres, 27, has been limited to 16 games this season due to his knee and a shoulder injury suffered at the beginning of the season.

He has two goals and three assists on the season.

Torres played four seasons with the Oilers where he had a history of being inconsistent.

"His history is based on the word 'bizarre,' I'm starting to understand that," Hitchcock said.

"What I do is when he's at practice, I get as close to the boards as I can and get out of the middle of the rink. And when there's a game, I expect that there are going to be eight good plays and two that you wonder what he's doing. But you have to get used to that.

"Yet to me, the bizarreness and the unpredictability is what makes him a special player. I don't know what he's going to do and the other team doesn't know what he's going to do, so it makes for a good player."

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The Blue Jackets acquired Torres during the past off-season in exchange for forward Gilbert Brule.

Despite his injuries, the Blue Jackets like what they have in Torres and feel he's a good addition to their club.

"He shoots to score, he competes in front of the net to score, he's tough, he's relentless and he's a good fit for us right now," Hitchcock said.

"If we can get him to play within himself, keep the puck in front of him we're going to have a great player."


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