With the Free Agency market opening up in a matter of minutes, last minute trades and negotiations have kept the NHL abuzz. Among the moves the Edmonton Oilers packaged left wing Raffi Torres up and traded him the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Gilbert Brule. Torres, who suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing the last 49 games of last season, is currently in a professional spiral after having a career season in the final lockout season. His offensive production has steadily decreased over the last few years. Torres had only 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) on 32 games this past season before suffering the injury. He should be sufficiently ready to go for the new season.
Originally drafted in the 1st Round, 5th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Torres has played 307 games for the Isles and Oil notching 67 goals and 59 assists for 126 points. He has a career +7 rating and brings with him to Columbus a 11.9 scoring percentage. We wish Torres the best with the Jackets.