COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Raffi Torres will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday and is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Torres was placed on Injured Reserve on December 2.
Torres, 27, has registered one goal and three assists for four points with eight penalty minutes in 14 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket, the game-winner, against the Washington Capitals on November 29. He was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Gilbert Brule on July 1.
Torres originally suffered a knee injury on Dec. 15, 2007 while playing for the Oilers in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. He underwent surgery on Jan. 18, 2008 and missed the remainder of the season, finishing the campaign with 5-6-11 and 36 penalty minutes in 32 games. The New York Islanders’ second pick, fifth overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft has tallied 68-62-130, 263 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +6 in 321 career games with the Blue Jackets, Oilers and Islanders.