SAN JOSE The Sharks decided Wednesday that the way to improve their chances for playoff success was to put Raffi Torres, a longtime villain known for his often reckless style of play, into a teal jersey.
"San Jose fans have been pretty tough on me the past couple years, but I get it," Torres said. "It's the way I play. Hopefully once I get starting on the body and scoring a couple goals, they'll turn into fans."
General manager Doug Wilson acquired the left wing from Phoenix for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft minutes before the trade deadline. Earlier in the day, Wilson added former San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan to the roster by sending a conditional seventh-round pick to Nashville.
Neither of the new Sharks were in the lineup when Dan Boyle scored on a spectacular end-to-end rush with a two-man advantage to help San Jose win its sixth straight game, 4-2 over Minnesota.
Wilson said Torres though somewhat reformed since a 21-game suspension for hitting Chicago Blackhawk Marian Hossa in the head during the 2012 playoffs brings a toughness the team lost with the trade that sent Ryane Clowe to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
What about Torres' reputation? "That's exactly what you want," Wilson said. "You hate playing against him. You want him on your side."
Torres said the 21-game suspension for the hit on Hossa led the left wing to clean up the dirtier aspects of his game.
Hannan, 34, had 25 goals and 102 assists in 508 games with the Sharks from 1998 to 2007.
Trades Marian Gaborik landed in Columbus, providing the trade-happy Blue Jackets' playoff push a nudge.
The purge in Buffalo continued, with the Sabres dealing captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota. The talent-laden Pittsburgh Penguins showed they weren't done dealing by acquiring forward Jussi Jokinen from Carolina.
And even Rookie of the Year candidate Cory Conacher wasn't an untouchable after Tampa Bay traded him to Ottawa in exchange for goalie Ben Bishop.
What began as a slow day in leading up to the NHL's midafternoon trading deadline, ended with a flourish as teams continued to jockey for playoff positioning with a little over three weeks to go in a lockout-shortened season. When the dust settled, 23 teams had completed 17 deals involving 30 players.
The Blue Jackets led the way with four trades. Their most notable deal involved the New York Rangers, in which Columbus acquired Gaborik and defensemen Blake Parlett and Steven Delisle. In return, the Rangers got forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.