Raffi Torres' game is based on force and fury, his hard-hitting style fueling his teammates and inspiring fear in opponents.
But as he sat out for 21 games, the result of a suspension for hitting Chicago's Marian Hossa in last year's playoffs, the Phoenix Coyotes left wing had to rethink the way he plays, find a way to retain his aggressiveness and remove some of the questionable hits that have gotten him in trouble in the past.
After hours of watching video with coach Dave Tippett, the new-version Torres gets his first live test when the Coyotes host the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
''I'm excited - it's been quite a long time,'' Torres said Thursday. ''I just want to be out there helping the boys out.''
Since he broke into the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2001, Torres' contributions have come from his combination of skill and physical presence.
Playing for six teams in his 11 NHL seasons, Torres has scored 25 poi...