Raffi Torres wants to win; good opportunity for the guy to get his career going and get into some more playoff hockey. Former 27 goal guy who is most definitely going to see some PP time in front of the net this season; we needed one of these hard-nosed net types to start causing some crease havoc out there. We've got the talent and the bombs from the point...need a few more guys like this to get in the tough spots.
He didn't work in Buffalo, but for what we need him for it works well.
Just bring some work effort, crash, bang, and chip in a goal or two and I'm sold.
That's precisely what Buffalo wanted him to do and he failed. We didn't need him to be a goal machine (we were counting on Vanek/Roy/Connolly/Pominville to drive the offense), but make our lineup less soft while occasionally contributing on offense, and he was invisible more often than not. Turns out our lineup was tougher to play against with 5'5" Nathan Gerbe than Torres.
Great signing... makes an interesting battle for the 2 spots on the 3rd line between Hodgson, Hansen, and Torres with the loser likely on the 4th line (unless its Hodgson). Guess this completes our team and at a price much lower than expected.
Typical fan reaction is to rejoice and over-rate the newly acquired player. I am more cautious, particularly with this signing.
He brings good size and he's not fun to play against, but I'm not a fan of his consistency nor the question marks surrounding his character. He doesn't kill penalties, although he can certainly chip in offensively from time to time.
I see him slotting in on any line - 2nd, 3rd, 4th - depending on whether he's hot or cold on any given day. I'm not a huge fan of his defensive game (although that's only based on what I've read), so being on the third line would probably be an interesting experiment.
I would say Alberts is most likely the first guy on the chopping block, if Gillis can get a late-round pick for him. Not bringing up Hodgson/Schroeder saves cap room and allows them time to develop in the AHL.