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Without Raffi Torres in the lineup, the Sharks will lack grit.
The Sharks roster has one glaring weakness when you look at it: a lack of grit and sandpaper.
To add to the problem, two of Team Teal's grittiest players are now out of the lineup with injuries.
Raffi Torres is out until at least the end of October with a right knee injury.
Meanwhile, defenseman Brad Stuart is skating again at practice after missing the early part of training camp, but still may not be ready to start the season on time. We also don't know how long it will take him to play his way into shape once the season starts.
That this all adds up to is a team that lacks a certain toughness. Few opponents will feel physically over matched when facing San Jose early this season.
A trade for some more grit is one possibility, but it's also possible McLellan goes with Anthony Stewart or Freddie Hamilton up front to fill the void left by Torres.
Either way, the Sharks will feel the absence of these two physical players early in the season and it may result in a slower-than-expected start for San Jose.