GLENDALE, Ariz. Raffi Torres knows there are opinions hell never change.
I have to understand that people are always going to be against me. Unfortunately, my style of play pisses off a lot of people, the Coyotes forward said. At the end of the day, all I can manage right these days is how Im battling out there."
On Saturday at Jobing.com Arena, Torres 2.0 made his 2013 NHL debut nearly 10 months after the old version leveled Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa with a head shot in the playoffs that cost Torres a 21-game suspension and the bile of hockey nation.
There wasnt anything eye-popping about Torres stat line in the Coyotes 2-0 win over the Stars. He recorded four shots, two hits, a blocked shot and a takeaway in 11 minutes, 53 seconds of ice time. But his energy gave his teammates a boost while giving the Stars something they didnt have to think about when the teams met the previous night in Dallas.
He makes everybody uncomfortable, and that is a huge asset to have, captain...